by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times
December 10, 2021
CHICAGO – Metra announced today that starting February 1, a new three-zone $6 Day Pass will be available only in the Ventra app. Furthermore, Metra’s popular $10 Day Pass will be available in 2022, but only through the Ventra app after January 31.
To encourage short trips and attract more customers, Metra will test a new $6 Day Pass next year, which will be valid for unlimited rides within three zones for a full day. The new pass will be available exclusively through the Ventra app on February 1.
The $10 Pass, which allows unlimited rides on all Metra lines until 3 a.m. the following morning, was introduced as a paper and mobile ticket at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide customers with an affordable and flexible option for riding Metra trains. It is currently used by approximately 20% of Metra riders. It will be available as a paper and mobile ticket until the end of January, when it will only be available in the Ventra app. Both day passes are valid for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Metra has also announced other fare policy changes that will take effect on February 1 including:
One-Way Tickets will be valid for 14 days from the date of purchase (change from 90 days).
10-Ride Tickets will be valid for 90 days from the date of purchase (change from one year).
The Round Trip Plus (Ventra app only) ticket will no longer be available for purchase.
The Monthly Pass, $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass, and $10 Weekend Pass remain unchanged (Ventra app only).