A pilot program that added more weekend service to the BNSF line will continue. The program was started in June to give customers more weekend options. On the BNSF Line, a train was added in each direction on Saturday and Sunday. Those new trains were well-used and Metra now will continue the pilot program until further notice. The full schedules can be viewed at on the Metra website.
A summary of the changes follows.
• Train 1255, the 4:50 p.m. departure from Chicago Union Station, will now terminate in Aurora at 6 p.m. The last stop is currently Fairview Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Several customers who board the train at Riverside and other intermediate stations requested this change so they could get to Aurora without transferring to another train.
• Train 1375, the 4:53 p.m. departure from Union Station, will make its last stop in Hinsdale at 5:30 p.m., instead of Highlands at 5:26 p.m. This change will enable customers who want to travel farther west on the line to transfer to Train 1263, which stops at Hinsdale at 5:37 p.m.
• Trains 1281 (6:02 p.m. departure from Union Station), 1295 (9:40 p.m. departure from Union Station), 1297 (10:40 p.m. departure from Union Station) and 1294 (9:02 p.m. arrival at Union Station) will have minor adjustments to their run times.