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Why this is important

Riding the CTA, Metra, and Pace and transferring across agencies should be as easy as possible. The RTA is committed to make our transit system seamless by removing travel barriers such as implementing systemwide day passes or discounted transfers. With additional long-term funding, the RTA and Service Boards can also expand ride-free and reduced fare programs for seniors and riders with disabilities. A system that is easier and more affordable to ride will encourage more people to take transit rather than driving.


The monthly cost for unlimited rides on Metra, CTA, and Pace using the Metra Super Saver monthly pass and CTA/Pace Regional Connect pass


Access Pilot Program by RTA, Metra, and Cook County launched

January 16, 2024

Upcoming changes to RTA Ride Free program simplify the process for riders

December 15, 2023

Metra's new fare structure 

November 16, 2023

RTA makes enhancements to ADA Paratransit Certification and fare programs

August 22, 2023

Transition report calls for Mayor Johnson to be champion for public transit

July 13, 2023

RTA begins exploring reduced fares for riders with low incomes

May 4, 2023

New fare products for CTA, Metra, and Pace make transferring between agencies easy and affordable

March 3, 2023

Explore the strategic plan performance measures dashboards

Input from stakeholder working groups

The stakeholder working groups are pushing for better regional transit fare integration including passing single-ride fare instruments, reducing or eliminating transfer fares between systems, and coordinating with public and private services to address the first and last mile of transit trips. Working groups also encourage expanding free or discounted fares to low-income residents and evaluating the equity implications of potential distance-based fares.

What we as a region could do with more resources

Additional resources would allow for more seamless fare products, and the sure expansion of existing discounted and ride-free programs to include more underprivileged groups or even fare-free transit service.

Implementation Activities

Shared Activities

Together, the agencies will work to identify funding to remove unaffordable barriers and expand regional free or reduced fare programs to low-income individuals.

Agencies are participating in a joint effort led by Cook County to analyze fare integration.

Metra and Pace are continuing to participate in the Fair Transit South Cook fare pilot.

CTA and Pace continue to advance their 1-day, 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day integrated passes as well as eliminating Pace to Pace and CTA to CTA transfer fees.


Take a key role in pursuing funding described in Shared Activities.

Continue to administer free and reduced fare programs for seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program.


Continue expanding U-Pass flexibility to all colleges.

Continue to advance Ventra 3.0 rollout planned for 2024/2025.


Continue to advance Regional Connect pass products as a monthly pass add-on.

Continue affordable fare products such as $100 Super Saver Monthly Pass and $6 and $10 Day Passes.

Install ticket vending machines that accept Ventra payments and system-wide transfer payments.


Continue discounted Taxi Access Program and DuPage Access programs.


Study fare integration and fare subsidies.

Real-time travel information for riders
Zero emission regional transit system