suburban railway operator in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area

Metra is a commuter railroad in the Chicago city area. The railroad operates 241 stations on 11 different rail lines.[1] It is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States by ridership and the largest and busiest commuter rail system outside the New York City area.[5] There were 83.4 million passenger rides in 2014, up 1.3% from the previous year.[6]


OwnerRegional Transportation Authority (RTA)
LocaleChicago Metropolitan Area, United States
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines11[1]
Number of stations241[1][2]
Daily ridership292,000 (weekday, FY2013)[3]
109,700 (weekend, FY2013)[3]
Chief executiveDon Orseno[4]
Began operation1984
Union Pacific, BNSF
Reporting marksMETX
System length487.7 mi (784.9 km)[2]
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Route map

Schematic of Metra's routes, as well as the South Shore Line. This schematic is not to scale.

The estimated busiest day for Metra ridership occurred on Nov. 4, 2016—the day of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series victory rally.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Frequently Asked Questions - Where do Metra trains run?". Metra. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Metra Passenger Operations" (PDF). Metra. October 14, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-04-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Former train engineer Orseno named Metra chief executive". Chicago Tribune. January 31, 2014.
  5. Public Transportation Ridership Report, Fourth Quarter 2013. Commuter Rail (PDF) (Report). American Public Transportation Association (APTA). February 26, 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  6. "Monthly/Annual Ridership". Archived from the original on 2015-05-03. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  7. "Cubs victory celebration sets new record for Metra | Metra". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-08.