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Metra officials confirmed Wednesday that they will offer hourly service from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to downtown during the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

According to Metra officials, the North Central Service Line, which runs from Antioch to Chicago’s Union Station, will take over the shuttle service. The expanded schedule will go into effect on August 12 and will remain in effect through August 30.

Metra CEO Jim Derwinski said the expansion of service came after negotiations with freight rail operators that control rights of way on the tracks the NCS uses during the day.

“We’re doing this for ten days. That’s all they’re giving us,” he said.

Currently, the NCS line operates a total of seven trains to downtown Chicago and seven back to the suburbs on weekdays. The last train from Antioch departs at 3:38 p.m., but according to agency schedules, there is a six-hour gap between the six trains that run earlier in the morning.

Trains back from Chicago to Antioch depart at 7:10 a.m., with the last train returning to the suburb at 6:00 p.m. according to regular schedules.

During the DNC, gaps in this schedule will be filled by hourly trains that travel exclusively from O’Hare International Airport to downtown Chicago. These trains depart O’Hare every hour and stop at River Grove, Western Avenue, and finally Union Station.

Trains back to O’Hare also depart Union Station every hour, with the first train departing at 7:49 a.m. and the last at 9:49 p.m.

Passengers are also reminded that they can take the Blue Line from O’Hare to downtown Chicago.

Derwinski urges residents interested in expanded service on the NCS to use it as often as possible so that ridership data can be shared with the freight companies that control right-of-way on the tracks.

“We will try to market this by all means possible to see if people would really use this service. I have a tremendous interest in building such a service,” he said.