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Metra offers limited bike-train services


From Aug. 4 through late October, select Metra trains will come with wheels — bicycle wheels, that is.

Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp., in cooperation with Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, is operating two round-trip bike trains each Saturday. Up to 12 commuters would be admitted with a reservation and pre-arranged boarding pass assigned by the Federation.

A different diesel route would offer the service each week; Rock Island District would have two days with bicycle service. All bicycles trains will load and unload bikes at one station in each fare zone to minimize station dwell time.

Six bicycles would be stored in each car, out of passenger aisles and in spaces typically reserved for commuters in wheelchairs. To accommodate the additional equipment and passengers, Metra would add two extra cars to each bicycle train. The agency would not disrupt services to disabled commuters.

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