Metra will offer its $100 flat-rate monthly pass through the end of the year

Publication Date
Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Metra is keeping the values coming and extending the availability of its $100 flat-rate “Super Saver” monthly pass for another three months. The monthly pass deal, first offered in July, is good for unlimited travel throughout the Chicago area.

 “Put simply, this is a great deal – especially when higher prices at the pump and the grocery store are impacting everyone’s bottom line,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski. “Metra is already an extremely affordable alternative to driving, but this pass deal makes the choice even clearer.”

Metra introduced the Super Saver pass in July as a pilot program, and due to its success, the program has been extended through the end of the year. Full fare “Super Saver” passes cost $100, while a reduced fare pass for eligible seniors, K-12 students and children is $70. All riders on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines also pay the reduced fare rate, thanks to the Fair Transit South Cook Pilot, with the same stipulation that those passes are valid only on those two lines.

Buying the new pass during the pilot program is the same process as buying the regular Monthly Pass via the Ventra app and from ticket agents, with only a different price. The passes will look the same as the regular Monthly Pass and still display a zone pair (indicating the fare zones of the riders’ origin and destination stations), but conductors will know that all Monthly Passes, except for those purchased on the Rock Island and Metra Electric, are good for unlimited travel across all fare zones.

Metra will continue to sell the $6 Day Pass, valid for unlimited travel within one to three fare zones in a single day, and the $10 Day Pass, valid for unlimited travel systemwide in a single day.

“Metra’s recovery from the pandemic requires that we look at all the options on the table to reinvent our service by listening to My Metra riders, creating new schedules, and exploring fare incentives that allow riders to return or try our system at affordable rates,” Derwinski said. “We’ve been fortunate that regional sales taxes, which support our operations, have remained strong, allowing us to use some of our federal COVID-19 relief funding in more creative ways that directly benefit our riders.”