What You Need to Know about Metra Fare Increases
Metra fares to increase Feb. 1; monthly passes expire last day of month.
Metra ticket fares are set to increase Feb. 1, and a number of fare policies will also change at the same time. Tables of the new adult and special user fares by zone are on Metra’s website.
For more information on the increases and changes, visit Metra’s website.
Meg Reile, spokesperson for Metra, said she expects the policy change involving monthly pass expiration to have the most impact on riders. Currently passes are valid until noon on the first day of the following month. Under the new policy passes will expire on the last day of the month.
Tickets purchased Nov. 12 to Jan. 31 will expire Feb. 29.
|Fare Increases Effective Feb. 1 on the Union Pacific / Northwest Line (UP-NW).|
|Zone C: Dee Road, Park Ridge, Edison Park and Norwood Park|
|Old Fare:||New Fare:|
Single Ride Ticket
|10 Ride Ticket||$28.50||$38.25|
|Zone D: Mount Prospect, Cumberland and Des Plaines|
Single Ride Ticket
|10 Ride Ticket||$32.30||$42.75|
|Zone E: Arlington Park and Arlington Heights|
|Single Ride Ticket||$4.50||$5.25|
|10 Ride Ticket||$36.55||$47.25|
Tickets may be ordered online on Metra’s website, and are mailed to riders. There is no additional charge to order online. Reile said it usually takes about five days to receive them.
The ticket window at the Des Plaines depot is open 5:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to Metra’s website. Waiting room hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Updated tracking system on the way
Metra does not have an official app for mobile devices, but, Reile said, it has a mobile website. Later this year Metra is expected to introduce a train tracking system accessible to riders.
Currently, Metra generally only posts alerts about delayed trains on its website if they are running 15 minutes or more behind schedule, Reile said.