Metra: $7 All Day Passes For Thanksgiving And Black Friday Travel

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 25, 2021

CHICAGO — Metra is offering $7 day passes for unlimited Metra travel on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26.  The passes will be available for purchase through the Ventra mobile app, at ticket windows, and onboard, and are valid for travel on either Nov. 25 or Nov. 26 through any fare zone.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is meant to be spent with family and friends, and we want to make it as easy and as affordable as possible for Metra customers to visit their loved ones or get a head start on their holiday shopping,” said Metra CEO Jim Derwinski.

Trains will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, which means no service on the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor, or SouthWest Service lines.

To accommodate Black Friday shoppers, regular weekday service will resume on Friday, Nov. 26 using the current alternate schedules.

Metra is also a great way to get to Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade, which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The parade route, which runs down State Street from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street, is easily accessible from any of Metra’s downtown stations.

If your travel plans include a weekend trip, Metra is the most cost-effective option, with its $10 Weekend Pass (available only on the Ventra app) providing unlimited travel on both weekends and its $7 Saturday or Sunday passes providing unlimited travel on a single day.  Weekends also mean that Metra Family Fares are in effect, which allow up to three children aged 11 and under to ride free with each fare-paying adult.

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