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Elimination of Ticket-by-Internet program
First Published - 04/27/2018 - 10:24AM

Due to declining internet ticket sales, Metra is eliminating the Ticket-by-Internet program – which includes recurring orders and one-time sales of Monthly Passes and 10-Ride Tickets on its website. The last day to purchase a Monthly Pass (July) via this program will be June 20 and the last day to purchase a 10-Ride Ticket will be June 30. This action is part of a continuing effort by Metra to identify ways to reduce expenses. Please see alternate purchasing options here.

Last Updated - 05/14/2018 - 3:06PM

Maria Coons, Ed.D.

Citizen Advisory Board Member

Dr. Coons is currently the Vice President of Workforce and Strategic Alliances at Harper College. In this capacity, she leads workforce and economic development initiatives, as well as adult learning strategies. This includes developing and delivering programming with strategic partners in high-growth areas, supporting small business development, working with the unemployed and credentialing adult learners. Maria has successfully procured more than $20 million in grants and co-led the successful reaccreditation of the College. She recently served on the Operating Committee for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0) initiative, where she focused on talent pipeline challenges.

During her 28-year tenure at Harper, Dr. Coons served as a full-time faculty member and department chair, where she taught a full complement of management, marketing and finance courses, developed curricula and managed adjunct faculty. She also developed and managed the Adult Fast Track program, which provides cohort-based learning opportunities for adults.

Before pursuing a career in education, she was Assistant Vice President of Check Operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from National Louis University, a Master in Business Administration degree from Loyola University in Chicago  and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. 

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