“Chicago is the nation’s largest rail gateway, hosting more than 500 freight and 800 passenger trains every day. Metra operates throughout Chicagoland and beyond, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry counties in northeastern Illinois, and is one of the largest, most complex commuter rail systems in North America. Metra provides service to and from downtown Chicago, with 242 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. As part of these operations, Metra works closely with its freight railroad partners to ensure network fluidity, while striving to keep all trains – freight and passenger alike – on schedule, and at the same time, enhancing our operating environment to the benefit of all parties.
Metra supports maintaining fluidity and minimizing congestion on the rails within the Chicagoland region. On-time performance in the commuter rail space is measured in minutes, and delays due to freight train interference, especially during peak service periods, can have a cascading effect on commuter operations, and a devastating effect on the daily lives of our customers.”