Metra is extending the availability of its $10 All-Day Pass through Labor Day. The pass, which is available for purchase on the Ventra app, offers most Metra passengers a significant savings on transit costs.
Metra riders are encouraged to use the Ventra app for fare purchases. Using the app and the $10 All-Day Pass doesn’t simply save money, it provides an added measure safety by reducing close interaction between passengers and crew members. The All-Day Pass, which was introduced June 1, is good for unlimited rides on any and all Metra lines all day until 3 a.m. the next morning. For anyone traveling downtown from Metra’s C zone or farther, the pass costs less than two one-way fares. Unused All-Day Passes purchased in the Ventra app will expire seven days after purchase.
“We hope that the pass is another incentive for our riders to return to public transportation this summer as office capacity limits are increased under the state’s phased reopening plan,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Our trains are being cleaned and disinfected daily, and we have implemented plans that enable passengers to preserve physical distance on board. Using the Ventra app to purchase the $10 pass adds another measure of safety for Metra customers allowing them to ‘Touch Less, Pay Less.’”
All-Day Passes purchased in the app expire after seven days. Customers can also buy the pass with cash or credit from an agent or with cash on the train. However, if a customer boards at a station where they could have purchased the pass from an agent, the conductor will charge an extra $5 fee. We strongly encourage customers to use the Ventra app. Paper passes are good only for the day they are sold.
Metra will also continue to support doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other medical personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by allowing them to ride free on Metra trains until at least the end of July. To ride free, medical personnel only need to present a work ID showing that they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department to a Metra conductor.
All 11 Metra lines remain in service but are using alternative schedules. Customers should check those schedules on metrarail.com before travel. Metra is prepared to add cars to trains and add trains to the schedules as ridership grows in order to allow for responsible social distancing on trains.
Metra reminds all riders that face coverings, covering both the mouth and nose, should be worn on board trains during the pandemic per Gov. Pritzker’s executive order. Customers should also try to observe physical distancing guidelines; no more than one person per seat, please, unless you are part of a group traveling together. Let’s all work together to keep each other safe.