Metra

Metra is the commuter rail division of the Illinois Regional Transportation Authority. The system serves Chicago and its metropolitan area through 240 stations on 11 different rail lines. Throughout the 21st century, Metra has been the second busiest commuter rail system in the United States by average weekday passenger trips. Experiencing an average growth of 1.6% in ridership per year, Metra trains offered 82.7 million passenger rides in 2011.

Utilizing Chicago's rich rail infrastructure founded in the 19th century, the Illinois General Assembly established the RTA, and later Metra, to serve commuters by railroad. Metra's creation was a result of the anticipated failure of commuter service operated and owned by various private railroad companies in the 1970s. Freight rail companies still operate some routes; however, these operations are guided by contracted service agreements. Metra owns all rolling stock and is responsible for all stations along with the respective municipalities. Since its inception, Metra has directed more than $5 billion into the commuter rail system of the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Lockport (Metra)
... Lockport is a station on Metra's Heritage Corridor in Lockport, Illinois ... In Metra's zone-based fare system, Lockport is in zone G ...
Clyde (Metra)
... Clyde is a closed station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line ... In Metra's zone-based fare system, Clyde was located in zone B, on the west end of the Cicero Railroad Yard ... to low ridership to compensate for the loss of the station, Metra announced that it would rehabilitate the adjacent Cicero and LaVergne stations ...
Stewart Ridge (Metra)
... commuter rail station along the Blue Island Branch of the Metra Electric line in the Stewart Ridge neighborhood of the West Pullman section of Chicago, Illinois ... The official address, according to Metra is Stewart Ridge, South of 120th Place ... In Metra's zone-based fare system, Stewart Ridge is in zone D ...
Rolling Stock - Metra Electric Fleet
... Heritage Year Built Builder N/A MU Coach Metra Deliveries begin in 2012 Sumitomo Group 1201–1226 MU Coach Metra 2005 Nippon Sharyo 1501–1630 MU Coach Illinois Central 1971–1972 St ...
South West Service
... The SouthWest Service (SWS) is a Metra commuter rail line, running southwest from Union Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to Manhattan, Illinois ... Metra does not refer to its lines by color, but the timetable accents for the SouthWest Service line are "Banner Blue," for the Wabash Railroad's Banner Blue passenger ... The trackage is owned by Metra north of a junction with the Belt Railway of Chicago at Loomis Boulevard, and is leased from Norfolk Southern Railway south of the junction (NS has trackage rights over Metra's ...