We finally have liftoff: The new Highliners make their official debut on Monday, 12/19. See below for more details, and go get those pics...
Electric Line riders finally get relief
Tribune staff report
December 16, 2005, 8:57 PM CST
After years of complaining, Metra's Electric Line passengers will be able to ride on restroom-equipped commuter cars starting Monday.
The Highliner cars will make their maiden voyage on Train No. 114, which is scheduled to depart University Park at 8:26 a.m. and arrive at Millennium Station at Randolph Street at 9:29 a.m.
The four restroom-equipped cars also will be on Train No. 121, which departs Millennium Station at 12:30 p.m.; Train No. 126, which departs University Park at 1:57 p.m.; and Train No. 129, which departs Millennium Station at 3:35 p.m.
The schedule is expected to stay the same through the week.
Metra has ordered 26 Highliner cars, which will be added to trains as they arrive over the next three months. Initially, they will be only on the main line of the Electric Line.
Metra had intended to purchase 186 Highliner cars for the Electric Line, but deferred buying 160 earlier this year because it never received state funding for them.
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