Metra Rider Safety Initiative

Announcement from Metra

Metra is going the extra mile to keep riders safe at the stations, on the platforms and onboard its trains. With the most stringent safety and cleaning protocols in the transportation industry, riders can Commute with Confidence on Metra trains.

Since the pandemic began, Metra has kept the trains running and made continual improvements to further enhance safety like installing hand sanitizer dispensers on every train car and requiring masks or face coverings on board.

As part of these continued efforts, the agency recently announced the upgrading of its ventilation system with a three-stage filtration and purification process that uses ultraviolet light, electrical fields and strong filters to create the safest possible environment for riders. Riders can already breathe easy onboard, thanks to Hospital-grade MERV-13 air filters, replacing the air on cars every four minutes.

Additionally, there’s a ridership dashboard that communicates how crowded trains are to help passengers make informed decisions about their upcoming trips. And, if you’re interested in contactless ticketing, you can ride touch-free with the Ventra app. Go to to sign up today, where you’ll discover benefits across all RTA services.

You can see all the ways Metra is improving rider safety by going to where you’ll learn additional details about schedules, alerts and the rider dashboard. We suggest hopping on board to see the enhancements yourself – we think you’ll feel comfortable. And every time you take Metra, you’re helping cut back on highway congestion and air pollution.

It’s crucial to get our economy moving again, and Metra is ready to do its part by getting you there safely.

Additional Resources:
Watch the Commute with Confidence YouTube Playlist:
Learn more about Metra's Commute with Confidence campaign here