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Metra plans service enhancements as ridership returns from pandemic

With ridership steadily increasing from pandemic lows, Metra announced June 9 it will be adding service to all lines starting in July and will introduce enhanced pilot schedules on four lines with more off-peak options to meet the post-COVID needs of riders.

From a pandemic low of 3% of normal ridership in April 2020 and a plateau of around10 percent for much of 2020, Metra ridership has been steadily rising since January 2021 and this week reached 17% of pre-pandemic levels.

New pilot schedules will start July 12 on the Electric Line . . .

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