Metra adds trains for two music festivals

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An outbound Metra BNSF train pauses in Western Springs, Ill. The BNSF line will be one of five seeing additional trains this weekend to accommodate crowds for two Chicago music festivals.
TRAINS: David Lassen

CHICAGO — Metra will add trains on five of its most heavily traveled lines this Friday and Saturday to accommodate passengers going to a pair of music festivals. Other lines will adds cars to increase train capacity.

The city will be hosting both the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park and the electronic music festival Spring Awakening at Addams/Medill Park, leading the commuter railroad to project higher than normal weekend ridership.

On Friday and Saturday, there will be extra trains on the BNSF, Metra Electric, and all three Union Pacific lines — North, Northwest and West. The BNSF line will also hold one of its regularly scheduled trains for later-than-usual departure on both Friday and Saturday.

Line-by-line guides to the schedule changes are available here.

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