Metra’s $10 All-Day Pass has been a such a popular and affordable fare option for travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic that Metra is extending the availability of this special fare through March 31, 2021.
“Metra has always prided itself on being a convenient, affordable and safe option for the work commute, and our $10 All-Day Pass reinforces this, especially during such trying times,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director James M. Derwinski. “We know that people’s travel needs have changed significantly during the pandemic and traditional fare options may not be as flexible as our customers need right now. The All-Day Pass is a solution that allows our customers the flexibility they need at a significant cost savings.”
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 Metra customers and crew members, 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. Paper passes are good only for the day they are sold.
Metra reminds all riders that face coverings, covering both the mouth and nose, must be worn on board trains during the pandemic by state and federal mandates. 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.