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Metra Adding Early Afternoon Trains To Aid Wednesday Travel

By Joe Ward | November 22, 2016 2:53pm
 A Metra train photographed Thursday, June 9, 2016
A Metra train photographed Thursday, June 9, 2016
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CHICAGO — To help commuters start their Thanksgiving holiday a bit early this year, Metra has added extra service for the Wednesday afternoon rush, the commuter agency said.

Metra has retooled its Wednesday schedule to accommodate commuters who will be leaving the office early, the agency said in a press release.

On the Rock Island line serving the South Side, extra trains will leave LaSalle Street Station at 2:10 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Metra said. Other trains will depart late, or in some cases have been canceled to accommodate the new schedule, Metra said.

Check the revised schedule for your line at metrarail.com.

"Thanksgiving is a time meant to be spent with family, and we want to make it as easy as possible for Metra customers to get home to their loved ones, catch a flight or start holiday preparations," Metra CEO Don Orseno said in a statement. "Our early getaway schedule gives riders greater convenience and flexibility this holiday season."

On Black Friday, Metra will be adding service on its BNSF line that runs that makes some West Side stops to help customers heading Downtown for shopping.

The commuter agency will also be offering an $8 unlimited ride holiday pass that can be used both on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Metra will run on its Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving.

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