Metra

★★★★☆
  • 547 W Jackson Blvd 1

    Chicago, IL 60661

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  • 312-922-8452

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Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED

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Classy old fashioned company with a lot of interesting features. There many food places inside too. Tickets are affordable and trains is great solution and fun for traveling to suburbs

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Classy old fashioned company with a lot of interesting features. There many food places inside too. Tickets are affordable and trains is great solution and fun for traveling to suburbs

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It's hard to get everything you'd want in a regional rail system, and Metra is no exception. Despite that, I have to say that the Metra system is one of the more practical regional rail systems that I've seen.

First, the negatives. It's a highly commuter-oriented system. If you're not headed downtown, forget it. Because it is built on existing rail lines, it is generally impractical to transfer from one train to another, even where the lines cross, and due to multiple endpoints in the downtown area, it won't be practical to transfer there either. Further, trains are timed according to commuter demand, and you might find yourself waiting an hour (or even much more) for a train if your transit needs don't meet the expected rider profile.

That said, Metra offers a reasonably clean, relatively fast, and completely stress-free way to get into the Chicago Loop area from relatively far away; trains are available as far north as Kenosha, WI (probably about 50 miles). Seating is plentiful, prices are reasonable, riders tend to be professionals, and the experience is fairly enjoyable. Anyone looking to avoid the driving stress of Chicago downtown driving should look at Metra and Amtrak options.

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It's hard to get everything you'd want in a regional rail system, and Metra is no exception. Despite that, I have to say that the Metra system is one of the more practical regional rail systems that I've seen.

First, the negatives. It's a highly commuter-oriented system. If you're not headed downtown, forget it. Because it is built on existing rail lines, it is generally impractical to transfer from one train to another, even where the lines cross, and due to multiple endpoints in the downtown area, it won't be practical to transfer there either. Further, trains are timed according to commuter demand, and you might find yourself waiting an hour (or even much more) for a train if your transit needs don't meet the expected rider profile.

That said, Metra offers a reasonably clean, relatively fast, and completely stress-free way to get into the Chicago Loop area from relatively far away; trains are available as far north as Kenosha, WI (probably about 50 miles). Seating is plentiful, prices are reasonable, riders tend to be professionals, and the experience is fairly enjoyable. Anyone looking to avoid the driving stress of Chicago downtown driving should look at Metra and Amtrak options.

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I usually use the train station on Van Buren and although the setting is not clean, it is suitable for a train station. When I ride at night, there is always security present and I have never felt unsafe. There is a little concession stand available to purchase pop and snacks. Trains are on time, clean, and the attendants are friendly. I recommend taking the train into the city instead of paying high costs to park your car.

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I usually use the train station on Van Buren and although the setting is not clean, it is suitable for a train station. When I ride at night, there is always security present and I have never felt unsafe. There is a little concession stand available to purchase pop and snacks. Trains are on time, clean, and the attendants are friendly. I recommend taking the train into the city instead of paying high costs to park your car.

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