Metra fare changes begin Thursday: Here's what you can expect

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Metra fare changes begin Thursday: Here's what you can expect
Michael Gillis, a Metra spokesman, explained the 2024 fare plan and ticket changes.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Changes start Thursday for all Metra riders.

The biggest change involves the cost of a ticket.

Michael Gillis, a spokesman for Metra, joined ABC7 Chicago to discuss what riders can expect.

Metra is introducing a new fare plan, which means an increase in ticket prices.

Gillis explained that Metra is eliminating the promotional rates that have been offered since the pandemic began in 2020, but said new fares are lower than pre-pandemic rates.

Another change that Metra riders can expect is the elimination of the 10-ride ticket.

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"We're replacing the 10-ride ticket with a packet of five day passes, so essentially five round trips instead of 10 one-way fares," he said.

A program that previously cut fares on the Rock Island and Metra Electric lines will end, and will be replaced with a new program for low-income riders on all lines.

These changes come as Metra ridership continues to rise back up to pre-pandemic rates.

"We peak on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 65 and 75% of pre-COVID ridership," Gillis said.

Visit to see the full list of changes.