Need help? Have feedback?

Share your thoughts below and the Municipal team will respond shortly.

Thank you!

Your message has been received. We will get in touch shortly.


Fare-free zone on Metra Electric

Chicago, IL
Fare-free zone on Metra Electric

The Metra Electric is the smoothest, quickest way to get from the Loop to the Museum Campus area, but it's not well used for that purpose--people who already have CTA passes are likely to use a bus to get there instead of paying $2.75 to buy a Metra ticket.

If Metra made all trips in the zone between Millennium Station and 18th Street free, some people would choose to take the train rather than a taxi or drive. Since the train is immune to traffic jams, this would allow riders to avoid street congestion caused by rush hour, a festival in Grant Park, or an event at Soldier Field. And as a practical matter, Metra would forgo very little revenue--most conductors don't bother checking tickets until the train is south of 18th Street anyhow.