Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Moderators: JamesT4, metraRI

  by byte
If you're referring to Metra and only Metra, then it would be the earliest train that ran on the day the official management changeover from RTA to Metra. But if you're thinking the RTA too (since it was Metra's predecessor), then I'm guessing it would have been a train on one of the former MILW routes.

  by AmtrakFan
I mean both.

  by metraRI
RI was the first line to be taken over by RTA.

  by F40CFan
If you want to go back further, the Milwaukee Road commuter service was funded by the NWSMTD in the early-mid-70's. While that wasn't the RTA, it still exists today under the RTA as far as I know.