CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been a slow ride for Metra’s pandemic recovery, but there are signs of riders getting back on board.
Monday is Rider Appreciation Day, and Metra CEO Jim Derwinski was at Union Station to talk to commuters. He even handed out a few snacks as a way of saying thanks.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Slight Chance Of Storms Overnight; A Quiet Pattern To Come
Metra hit 68,000 passenger trips last Thursday; a single-day record high since the COVID shutdown started last spring, but that’s still only 24% of pre-pandemic numbers.READ MORE: At Least 2 People Killed, 32 Wounded In Gun Violence In Chicago So Far This Weekend
“Which isn’t earth-shattering, but compared where we were in April 2020, at 3%, this is a big big increase,” Derwinski said.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed, 2 Wounded In West Pullman Shooting
Starting Monday, Metra is adding more rush hour trips to seven of their train lines, thanks to increased ridership. And they’ll be trying some pilot schedules to get passengers back on track.