The Chicago Metra is a train system that offers commuting across 11 different routes, from Chicago to Harvard and Richton Park. The Metra is almost 500 miles long when all the routes are measured and combined, with most routes extending out almost 50 miles from Chicago. In total, the train system has 241 stations that span all of these routes combined. This system branches into Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will and McHenry counties.
The Metra has four major downtown stations that have current guides: Union Station, LaSalle Street, Millenium Station and Ogilvie Station. These stations are where the majority of travellers start from, but they are not the only point that the trains may be boarded on or departed from. Every station along each of the routes heads into Chicago itself, and then through many of the city's different areas, with a claim that they are able to get a passenger as close to the front door of their destination as possible.
The Regional Transportation Authority owns the Metropolitan Rail Corporation, or Metra, and Metra has been responsible for the whole span of its lines since the 1970s. Although it owns the majority of rail operations, there are still contracted freight rail companies that work with Metra to maintain order on the rails.