Medinah officials encourage use of public transit for Ryder Cup

September 26, 2012|Matt Lindner, @mattlindner | For RedEye

With thousands expected to converge on the Chicagoland area this weekend, Ryder Cup officials are encouraging fans to take a cue from the Quad City DJs and come on, ride the train, choo choo.

All the way to Medinah, that is.

To help offset the expected increase ridership on the Milwaukee District West Line which services Medinah, Metra spokesman Jim Bonastalli said additional trains will be offered mornings throughout the tournament.

"Ridership is always real fluid, but we certainly have seen a bump in on/off boardings at Medinah from both inbound and outbound trains during the practice rounds," Bonastalli said.

Officials don't have an official estimate on how many are expected to ride the rails this week or how much revenue Metra is expected to generate as a result of it, but they do say they expect a significant bump in traffic heading into the weekend.

According to Metra's website, special express trains from Union Station to Medinah at 6:08 on Friday morning in time for the first round, 6:00 and 6:40 on Saturday, and 7:40 and 9:40 on Sunday. Ticket prices will remain the same all week.

Officials also offered the following tips if you're traveling by train this weekend:

• When boarding downtown, be sure to buy your ticket at Union Station and not on the train. You can use a ticket window or one of our ticket vending machines. If an agent is on duty where you board, you will be charged an extra $3 to buy the ticket on the train. (That $3 fee does not apply if you board where an agent is not on duty.)

• The $7 weekend pass is good for unlimited travel on any and all lines on Saturday and Sunday.

• Please be prepared to display your ticket at all times during your trip.

• No smoking is allowed on any trains, in stations or within 15 feet of station and enclosed area entrances.

• No seats are reserved. Please do not inconvenience other customers by hogging or holding seats or blocking seats with bags or briefcases.

• Please also be considerate of others while using cellphones.

• Passengers whose conduct is disorderly or unsafe will not be allowed on the train.

• Obscene language, or that which is disturbing to other passengers is prohibited.

• There is limited parking available at stations along the Milwaukee West line on weekdays but there is plenty of parking available on the weekend.

The full schedule of times can be found by clicking here.

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