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Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM

Metra will begin operating an alternate weekday schedule on Monday, March 23, to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The alternate schedules can be viewed here. There will be changes for every line except the Heritage Corridor, which will operate its normal schedule. Where we are able to, we will maintain the number of cars on trains to allow for social distancing. On a line-by-line basis, Metra is monitoring ridership and may further reduce service to meet the ridership demands. The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed and/or ridership begins to return to normal. Metra will operate on regular weekend schedules. Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.

Last Updated - 04/01/2020 - 2:59PM

Link-Up and PlusBus passes

You can use the Ventra App to buy Link-Up or PlusBus passes in addition to your Metra mobile monthly pass. You’ll need to have a Ventra card, and you’ll need to have a Ventra account and make the purchase within the Ventra App. The Link-Up pass is good for connecting travel on Pace anytime and on CTA on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The PlusBus pass is good for travel on Pace anytime.

Here’s what you do:

  • If you don’t have a Ventra card yet, buy one from any Ventra vending machine or more than 1,300 Ventra retail locations. The cost of a new card is $5, but this is refunded to you as Ventra transit value when you register your card within 90 days of purchase. (You can apply this value toward the purchase of a pass, rides on CTA or Pace or even toward the purchase of a Metra mobile ticket in the Ventra App.)
  • Next, register your new Ventra card in your Ventra account, or create a Ventra account in the Ventra App and register the card.
  • Once you have a Ventra card registered with your Ventra account, you’re ready to buy a Link-Up or PlusBus pass. First, buy a Metra mobile monthly pass.
    • Once you complete that process, the new monthly ticket will appear under “My Metra Tickets.”
    • At the bottom of the “My Metra Tickets” page will be a prompt for you to buy a Link-Up or PlusBus pass. Click on the link and you’ll be asked to select the Ventra card you want to use for that pass.
    • Next, select which pass you want, and then select “Checkout.”
    • You’ll be asked for the select your payment method. The options will include any credit or debit cards (including pre-tax transit benefits debit cards) or Ventra transit value affiliated with your Ventra account. You can even choose to split the payment between two cards.
    • Once you’ve paid, your Ventra card will be loaded with the pass you selected. Use it to pay your fare when boarding CTA buses or trains in rush hours or Pace buses anytime.
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