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Metra Adding Early Getaway Trains To Accommodate Holiday Weekend Rush

By Howard Ludwig | June 29, 2017 8:03am | Updated on June 30, 2017 11:33am
 Metra will offer early getaway service on Friday and altered service Monday for the July 4th weekend.
Metra will offer early getaway service on Friday and altered service Monday for the July 4th weekend.
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BEVERLY — Metra will offer early getaway service Friday and altered service Monday for the July 4th weekend.

The commuter rail service will add and shift train departures to better accommodate the rush of passengers expected to leave work early on Friday. Early departure schedules can be found on Metra's website.

Metra will run a weekday schedule Monday, with some adjustments on the BNSF, Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, SouthWest Service and three Union Pacific lines. Again, details are available online.

Trains will operate on a regular Saturday schedule, and then on a Sunday/holiday schedule on both Sunday and Tuesday, meaning the Heritage Corridor, North Central Service and SouthWest Service lines will not operate.

“We want to help our customers have a great holiday weekend, and we know for many that means leaving work early to be with family and friends,” said Don Orseno, Metra's executive director and chief executive officer.

Metra is also offering a special $8 holiday pass good for unlimited travel on July 4. The pass typically offers unlimited rides on Saturdays and Sundas. And, throughout the summer, up to three kids 11 and younger can ride free with each adult.

“We’re also adding capacity to our trains so traveling is as safe and easy as possible for all those participating in the festivities in and around Chicago,” Orseno said.