Metra offers $7 all day passes for Thanksgiving and Black Friday travel

Publication Date
Friday, November 19, 2021

Whether you’re traveling to a family gathering for turkey and pumpkin pie or tracking down those Black Friday deals, Metra has a ticket that will make getting easier and extremely affordable.

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

“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/Executive Director Jim Derwinski.

On Thanksgiving Day, trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, which means there will be no service on the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines. Regular weekday service using the current alternate schedules will resume Friday, Nov. 26 to accommodate Black Friday shoppers.

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

If your travel plans extend to the weekend, Metra is also the most affordable way to travel with its $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) offering unlimited travel on both weekend days and its $7 Saturday or Sunday passes that allow unlimited travel on a single day. Weekends also mean that Metra Family Fares, which allow up to three children age 11 and under ride free with each fare-paying adult, are in effect. The Ventra App is available for free download in the App Store or Google Play.

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