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Starting June 1, Chicago commuter railroad Metra will increase weekend service on the Rock Island and Union Pacific Northwest lines as part of a three-month summer pilot program.
In a recent Metra-conducted survey, a majority of riders indicated they wanted more frequent and faster train service. Metra’s pilot program will track if increased service will boost ridership and revenue on weekends, Metra officials said in a press release.
The Rock Island Line will include an additional six inbound and six outbound trains to provide hourly service on Saturdays.
The UP Northwest Line will offer an additional five inbound and five outbound trains on Saturdays, as well as an additional three inbound and three outbound trains on Sundays. Also, there will be new express trains to and from the Arlington Heights Station.
To learn more about business trends at Metra, read this feature in Progressive Railroading's May issue.