Transit officials are considering lower Metra fares/improved connections for south suburban riders

June 18 Southland Transit Town Hall meeting in Harvey. Image courtesy of the Harvey Public Library District/Facebook

At a June 18 Southland Transit Town Hall meeting, public transit officials indicated that they are looking at ways to better serve customers in the south suburbs.

A leading proposal being considered would lower Metra fares for residents in south Cook County to improve service and boost ridership. That would be good news for Southland workers who can’t afford current fares for Metra, the Chicago area’s commuter rail system.

Another component of the plan would improve connections among systems by simplifying transfers between Metra, Pace and CTA service, Benet Haller said. Full-fare CTA transfers currently cost 25 cents and are good for two hours. A proposed policy change would allow for free transfers for users in the south suburbs, officials said…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Related stories include Transit agencies seek pilot program to make transit more affordable, convenient in south suburbs on ABC 7 Eyewitness News,  Cook County Looks For Ways To Better Mass Transit on WBBM News Radio, and Tribune Editorial: On the South Side, not enough access to transit means not enough access to jobs. The South Cook County Mobility Study is here.

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