Metra Announces NATO Service Changes

May 12, 2012

This weekend in Chicago is special. Not only is it Mother’s Day — check out our post on gift and event ideas for Chicago real estate-loving Moms — but this weekend could be considered the calm before the storm.

Next weekend, the NATO Summit will be in town, complete with thousands of people who normally wouldn’t be in Chicago, from international dignitaries to large protesting groups. The weekend could prove to be a economic boost for the host city or a complete disaster if security measures fail.

metra train lineAll Chicago residents can do is be as prepared as possible. We have alerted you to some of the changes the city will see for the Summit, some of which begin on Mother’s Day.

Here is another one. On Friday, Metra announced its plans for next weekend.

“Most Metra riders will not see service changes as a result of the NATO Summit on May 19-21, even most riders of the Metra Electric Line, which passes under the summit facility at McCormick Place,” says Metra officials.

But there will be changes, especially from Saturday, May 19 through Monday, May 21.

Among them:

*Riders are subject to screening and baggage checks, especially on the Metra Electric Line.

*Officials recommend riders arrive at least 15 minutes before departure to allow time for the boarding process.

*Riders may carry only one bag no bigger than 15 inches square by 4 inches deep. Boxes, parcels, luggage, backpacks and bicycles will not be allowed on trains.

*No food will be allowed on trains. Drinks and liquids, including lotions, must be less than three ounces in size.

*No tools, pipes, wood or weapons of any kind will be allowed on the trains, even for security guards.

*Some station entrances will be closed on the Metra Electric Line.

As far as service interruptions, here are the current changes to the regular schedule:

*Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20:

Operate normal inbound and outbound service and make all station stops except 47th Street (Kenwood), 27th Street, McCormick Place, 18th Street and 11th Street/Museum Campus.

*Monday, May 21:

Trains will not stop at 111th Street (Pullman), 107th Street, 103rd Street (Rosemoor), 95th Street (Chicago State University), 91st Street (Chesterfield), 87th Street (Woodruff), 83rd Street (Avalon Park), 79th Street (Chatham), 75th Street (Grand Crossing), 63rd Street, 47th Street (Kenwood), 27th Street, McCormick Place, 18th Street and Museum Campus/11th Street; 87th Street, Cheltenham (79th Street), Windsor Park and Bryn Mawr.

Trains will not operate on the Blue Island branch.

Inbound main line trains scheduled to arrive at Millennium between 12:57 p.m. and 6:46 p.m. will not operate.

*All three days, the South Water Street entrance to Millennium will be closed.

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