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BART, Metra reveal more service restoration plans


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Metra have announced plans to increase passenger-rail service to meet increasing demand.

BART plans to return service to near-pre pandemic levels on Aug. 2 instead of Aug. 30 as originally planned. The agency will extend closing time to midnight Monday through Saturday.

BART will also add late-night limited trains leaving downtown San Francisco at 11:30 p.m. serving nine stations on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 15-31 to provide late night workers and others in San Francisco additional options until the Aug. 2 schedule change. 

Meanwhile, Chicago's Metra has posted schedules for expanded rush hour service to begin July 12 on seven additional lines to meet growing ridership.

New schedules will take effect July 12 on the Heritage Corridor, Milwaukee District North and West, SouthWest Service, North Central Service, and Union Pacific Northwest and West lines. 

On the same day, Metra also plans to launch previously announced new pilot schedules on the BNSF, Metra Electric and UP North lines with more off-peak options. A similar pilot schedule for the Rock Island Line is set to take effect July 19.

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