Welcome to Metra
Making transit accessible for everyone is an essential part of our mission. We know we can't be My Metra for all unless our trains and stations are accessible to everyone.
Interested in joining our ADA Advisory Committee?
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Metra Rider's Guide for Customers with Disabilities
View Rider's Guide for Customers with Disabilities here.
Metra Stations Guide for Visually Impaired
Station Accessibility and Maps
Metra currently has 185 fully accessible stations, 13 partially accessible stations and 44 inaccessible stations. Customers who use wheelchairs at partially accessible stations will be able to access train platforms from the street. However, ramps, ticket windows, buildings and shelters may not fully conform to ADA guidelines. These stations are designated as partially accessible so as not to deter customers from facilities which may be usable. View station accessibility designations here.
Access Maps for Customers with Disabilities:
- North Sector (HTML Version) (PDF Version)
- West Sector (HTML Version) (PDF Version)
- South Sector (HTML Version) (PDF Version)
Customers can click here to view the level of accessibility for the station they plan to use.
RTA Travel Training Program
Reasonable Accommodation/Modification Requests
Effective July 13, 2015, the Federal Department of Transportation revised the rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Learn more about Reasonable Accommodation/Modification Requests.
ADA Complaint Form
Metra is committed to ensuring our implementation of public transportation services is fully compliant with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Any person who believes there may be either a: 1) ACCESSIBILITY (e.g., physical barriers) or 2) DISCRIMINATION BASED ON DISABILITY issue may use this form to register their complaint. When submitted, this complaint will go directly to Metra’s Accessibility Project Manager for review and response.
Your comments are welcome
ADA Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Committee is to provide Metra with recommendations on Metra's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), facilitate a dialogue between Metra and the disability community, and increase the use of Metra's services by people with disabilities. Click here to read the ADA Advisory Committee Bylaws. Interested in joining our committee? Click here to apply.
2023 ADA Advisory Committee Members
- Steve Hastalis, Chairman
- Kelsey Thompson, Vice Chairman
- Phyllis Hampton
- Joseph Heniff
- Anne Kelly
- John Mueller
- Susan Elizabeth Rangel
- Vicki Schmitz
- Maureen Schultz
- William Shapotkin
- Dorell Smith
2023 ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Dates
Meetings are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the 10th floor TRACC Center at 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois.
- Tuesday, February 7
- Tuesday, May 2
- Tuesday, August 1
- Tuesday, November 7
Individuals wishing to attend any of these meetings and needing special accommodations should contact Jim Ferneborg seven days prior to the meeting date. He can be reached at 312-322-6766 or at email@example.com.
What is P-8 Service?
WHAT IS P-8?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, commuter rail systems are not required to operate complementary paratransit service. Accordingly, Metra does not operate such a system. However, Metra does provide what is called P-8 service (short for paragraph 8 of the Jones II Consent Decree).
P-8 is a shuttle service from a qualified origin to the next accessible station. Metra provides the service at no charge to the passenger and does not require
certification of disability status. Reservations may be made any time the day before the ride is needed or with as little as three hours’ notice when necessary.
If someone who ordinarily rides from a non-accessible station were to break a leg, for example, he or she could use the service during recuperation without going through a formal certification process.
P-8 connections are guaranteed – that is, if you miss the train because the ride is late, and another train is not available right away, the driver will take you to your destination station. In the unusual event the train is late, the driver will wait until it arrives.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR P-8?
There are some rules governing the use of P-8 service. To qualify for the service:
- The origin or destination must be within ½-mile of a non-accessible Metra station. This is called the qualifying station.
- Travel is allowed only to or from the next accessible station of the same line.
- If an accessible bus or train operated within ½-mile of qualifying station to or from the next accessible Metra station, the trip is not eligible.
P-8 service exists temporarily and only to provide transportation for persons with disabilities to the next accessible station. It is not a paratransit service. Those who need paratransit should contact the RTA at (312) 663-HELP.
As Metra stations, Pace and CTA buses, and CTA stations become accessible, fewer P-8 trips will be eligible.
Please see the following for examples at the time of writing. For the most current information, please contact Metra Passenger Services at 312-322-6777. P-8 service is provided by SCR Transportation and can be ordered by calling 708-953-3511.
EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE & NON-ELIGIBLE TRIPS
- Most trips within the city of Chicago are not eligible since all of Chicago is within ½-mile of an accessible bus line most of the time. There are, however, limited exceptions.
- For example, because the accessible #1 Indiana) bus does not operate weekday evenings after the rush hour, or on weekends, P-8
- service is eligible on parts of the Metra Electric Line to McCormick Place Station during those periods.
- Trips from Main Street Station in Evanston to Rogers Park Station are eligible because CTA buses do not go to Metra’s Rogers Park Station. Trips to Central Street Station from Main Street Station are eligible only between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. since a CTA bus operates during the day.
- Trips from Oak Park Station are not eligible since CTA’s Green Line runs downtown.
If the elevator at an accessible Metra station is temporarily out of order, P-8 service will be provided to the next accessible station during this period. Signs at the elevator site will have detailed information including P-8 service numbers.