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Metra to add extra trains Friday for Blackhawks rally

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:50 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Metra will add service on most of its lines, including BNSF/Downers Grove, to accommodate Chicago Blackhawks fans attending the downtown parade and rally Friday, according to the village of Downers Grove.

The event is expected to draw large crowds and Metra will add as many trains as possible and expand capacity on scheduled trains, according to the village. It advised riders that morning and evening rush-hour trains, as well as trains immediately before and after the event, are likely to be full.

Trains may depart early if they reach capacity, so riders are encouraged to allow adequate time to arrive at the station and board the train. Due to the event, bikes and alcohol will be banned from all trains on Friday.

Details about extra service and schedule changes on each line are available here:

http://metrarail.com/content/dam/metra/documents/2013%20Blackhawks%20Victory%20Parade%20Service.pdf

For those departing Downers Grove, the best bets for parking are at the Fairview Avenue or Belmont Road stations.

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