Questions about Metra fare, zone revisions? Forum, survey offered

Metra commuters with questions about proposed fare and zone changes can participate virtually at an online forum or speak in-person with officials at downtown stations in the coming weeks.

It's part of an informational campaign that includes a rider survey launched Monday.

Under the plan, expected to be voted on in August, Metra's 10 zones would be consolidated to four. Downtown stations will be designated as Zone 1 and stops within or near Chicago would comprise Zone 2. Zone 3 encompasses the next ring of towns, and farther-out suburbs fall into Zone 4

Fares would be the same or reduced from pre-pandemic levels, Metra said. The agency's popular $100 Super Saver monthly pass would be eliminated.

To learn more about the revisions or take part in the survey, go to

Meanwhile, Metra workers will be available to explain the plan at the following dates and locations:

• 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Millennium Station.

• 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Union Station.

• 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at LaSalle Street Station.

• 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Ogilvie Transportation Center.

An online open house is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. To register, visit

The proposal is the "largest change to the way customers will interact with Metra in Metra's history," Executive Director Jim Derwinski said June 21, when the plan was introduced.

Here's a sampling of what adjusted fares would cost.

• One-way tickets to downtown (Zone 1) would cost $3.75 from Zone 2, $5.50 from Zone 3 and $6.75 from Zone 4. As an example, a ticket to Oak Park is $4.25 now and would be $3.75 if fares are revised. To promote travel between non-downtown locations, Metra would offer a flat-rate fare of $3.75 for passengers journeying within Zones 2, 3 and 4. • Day passes would cost twice as much as one-way tickets and provide unlimited rides within zones selected. • Five-day bundled passes would replace 10-ride tickets and be 9½ times the cost of a one-way ticket. For example, a five-day pass to Arlington Heights would cost $52.25. • Traditional monthly passes would be 20 times a one-way ticket. That means a monthly pass between downtown and Lombard would cost $110. Pre-pandemic, a monthly pass between Chicago and Lombard was $181.25.

Metra would continue to offer reduced fares for seniors, riders with disabilities and students in kindergarten through grade 12. The discount would be about 50% for one-way tickets plus day, five-day and monthly passes.

Current products that would remain include $7 Saturday, Sunday or Holiday Day Passes, and $10 Weekend Passes sold on Ventra.

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