Metra’s Electric line is one of the few places where Chicago’s commuter rail owns the tracks. Transit advocates have lobbied for years for the service to be run more like traditional public transit.
Metra's Electric Line is getting a new station at 95th Street. Metra is Chicago's commuter train operator, and its Electric Line starts at the downtown Union Station and runs south out of the city into Will County. A 95th Street station would give the line a new stop on the far South Side and better connect that part of the city to the rest of the Metra system. "Currently the station operates as a flag stop occasionally, but after the renovation, it will run with scheduled stops," Sara Freund writes for Curbed Chicago.
The Active Transportation Alliance and other transit and South Side advocacy groups have long wanted the Metra Electric line to run more like traditional public transportation. An additional stop is a step in that direction. Along with more service, the group had also asked for reduced fares to bring the service more in line with Chicago’s CTA, something that the agency is considering.
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