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Metra on Sept. 7 reported that it will extend the availability of its $100 flat-rate “Super Saver” monthly pass through the end of the year. The “successful” monthly pass, the commuter railroad said, was first offered in July as a pilot project and is good for unlimited travel in the Chicago area. According to Metra, 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.

“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,” Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim 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.”

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