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Metra adding trains to accommodate Women's March in Chicago

Participants gather Jan. 21 near Grant Park for the Women's March Chicago.
Participants gather Jan. 21 near Grant Park for the Women's March Chicago.

Metra is adding trains to its busiest lines Saturday to accommodate riders attending the Women’s March in Chicago.

Additional trains will run on the BNSF, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West lines, according to a news release from Metra. Customers should listen to station announcements and check
metrarail.com for extra train times.

Other lines will run on regular schedules and will have expanded seating capacity. Trains likely will be too crowded to allow bicycles, according to the release.

An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets as part of the Women’s March Chicago last year. About 670 marches in all 50 states and 32 counties – the largest in Washington, D.C. – took place to unite people and send a message to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.

This year’s march, called March to the Polls, will start with music and a video at 9 a.m. Saturday at Grant Park in Chicago, according to Women’s March Chicago’s website. A rally will begin at 11 a.m.

The goal of the march is to “celebrate the spirit of the resistance efforts over the past year and unite to focus on the 2018 elections and beyond,” according to the website.

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