Metra is the commuter rail system serving Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in northeastern Illinois and the city of Kenosha in southern Wisconsin. It is one of three of the Regional Transportation Authority's service boards. With an average weekday ridership of 307,300, Metra is the second busiest commuter rail system in the United States. The system has a total of 241 stations spread out on 11 rail lines with two additional lines (SouthEast Service and STAR Line) in the process of planning.
Seven of the system's eleven lines are owned or operated by the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (NIRC), Metra's operating subsidiary. Operation of the BNSF Railway Line and the Union Pacific/North Line, Union Pacific/Northwest Line, and the Union Pacific/West Line are handled through purchase of service agreements (PSAs) between Metra, the BNSF Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad. Under these agreements, the railroad companies provide the service using their own employees and either own or control the rights-of-way in addition to the majority of other facilities necessary, while Metra provides the rolling stock. Additionally, Metra funds the portion of South Shore Line within Illinois and operates the Hegewisch station.
The development of Chicago's commuter rail network resulted in a spoke-hub distribution paradigm and Metra's services radiate out from the Chicago Loop from four terminals: Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station, LaSalle Street Station, and Millennium Station.
||Indicates Metra's official name for the station. If the station is handicap accessible in some way, a wheelchair symbol appears next to the station name.
||Indicates the lines that stop at the given station.
||Identifies the municipality (or for Chicago, the neighborhood) in which the station is located.
||Identifies which of the nine fare zones the station is in. The zones are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, and M with Zone A being the closest to Chicago Union Station, LaSalle Street Station, Millennium Station, and Ogilvie Transportation Center, and Zone M being the farthest.
||A link to the station's information on http://metrarail.com.