Metra is extending its $10 All-Day Pass offer through January 31, 2021, continuing to give its customers a flexible and affordable fare option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The All-Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on any and all Metra lines all day until 3 a.m. the next morning. For most trips, the All-Day Pass costs less than two one-way fares. The pass was introduced on June 1, 2020 and is currently used by about a third of Metra riders.
For all fare purchases, Metra riders are strongly encouraged to use the Ventra app. Using the app and the $10 All-Day Pass doesn’t simply save money – it provides an added measure of safety by reducing close interaction between passengers and crew members.
“The $10 All-Day Pass has been very well received by our customers because it offers flexibility and affordability,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “And using the Ventra app to purchase the pass is the safest way to buy Metra tickets, allowing customers 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. Paper passes are good only for the day they are sold.
All 11 Metra lines are currently operating under alternate schedules. Customers are advised to check those schedules on metrarail.com before travel. As the pandemic lessens and ridership begins to rebound, Metra is prepared to add cars to trains and/or add trains to the schedules to enable responsible physical distancing on board.
Metra reminds all riders that face coverings, covering both the mouth and nose, must be worn on board trains during the pandemic. 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.