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Owner Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Locale Chicago Metropolitan Area, United States
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 11
Number of stations 241
Daily ridership 292,000 (weekday, FY2013)
109,700 (weekend, FY2013)
Chief executive Don Orseno
Began operation 1984
Operator(s) Metra
Union Pacific, BNSF
Reporting marks METX
System length 487.7 mi (784.9 km)
Track gauge 4 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.

Metra is a commuter railroad in the Chicago city area. The railroad operates 241 stations on 11 different rail lines. 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. There were 83.4 million passenger rides in 2014, up 1.3% from the previous year.

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

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