Metra to Add Extra Trains for Bank of America Chicago Marathon

On Sunday, October 13, Metra will operate extra early morning inbound and early afternoon outbound trains on five of its lines for participants and spectators going to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Extra service will be offered on the BNSF, Metra Electric, Milwaukee District North and Union Pacific Northwest and West lines. The service will run in addition to regularly scheduled Sunday trains. All other lines will operate on a regular Sunday schedule. For specific schedule information, please click here.

Don’t wait in line at the station and instead purchase your ticket ahead of time through the Ventra app. Download it from the App Store or Google Play. Grab a Weekend Pass for only $10.00, which is good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus, weekend Family Fares allow up to three children 11 and under to ride free with a fare-paying adult.

In its 42nd year on Sunday, October 13, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, including a world-class elite field, top regional and Masters runners, race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The race’s iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. Annually, an estimated 1.7 million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 45,000 runners from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive.

For details on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, including spectator viewing locations, start times, and more, visit For additional information on Metra, including station locations and schedules, visit

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