Hundreds of students arrive at prom on first-ever chartered Metra

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CHICAGO-- The students of Plainfield East High School made a grand entrance for their prom at Chicago's Union Station, Friday night.

Seven hundred students arrived on a chartered Metra train in what is believed to be a first in the transit agency's history.

It cost about $10,000 to charter the express train. School officials say they usually charter buses to safely transport their students into the city for prom night, but this option was unique, cheaper, and quicker.

They traveled from Plainfield to Chicago in 35 minutes, hoping to leave with memories that will last a lifetime.



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  • Lee Reeder

    Hey guys I used Metra all the time up there & to have prom night @ Union Station would’ve been phenomenal for me. I hope these kids had the time of their life as I definitely would’ve for sure being from the Chicago area originally & I hope everyone got home safely. Union Station for me held many memories even though I used it quite often for Metra to make the trains I needed.

  • Roger Esse

    Back in 1961, Arlington High School chartered a Chicago and North Western train (one of Metra’s predecessors from Arlington Heights to Madison, Wisconsin. So in reality, this may have not been a first, depending on how you look at history. If I remember correctly, we left after the prom and arrived in Madison bout 8AM the next morning. We had to sit through a speech at the Univ of Wisconsin, then took the train back. The entire deal took close to 36 hours.

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