What to Know About Metra’s $100/Month Test Pass Plus Integration with Pace, CTA – Shaw Local

Beginning July 1, commuters and transit passengers in Chicago will be able to enjoy seamless and unprecedented travel on Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority.

This date marks the start of Metra’s $100 Super Saver Monthly Pass, a three-month pilot, and a $30 Connect Regional Pass for Pace and CTA. Combined, they will offer unlimited rides on all three systems.

This is a revolution for passengers accustomed to varied fares with complicated rules and limits.

“It’s really a game-changer for the region,” Metra executive director Jim Derwinski said during a June 15 meeting.

“It’s not yet a real integrated tariff, but it’s a good step in that direction. This will provide us, CTA, Pace and RTA with massive amounts of data.

Here are five things to know about the new passes that went on sale Monday.

• Offer only works when you purchase a Metra Monthly Pass and Connect Regional Pass.

• Metra is currently offering the $100 Unlimited Super Saver Monthly Pass as a pilot program between July and September. It’s cheaper than a typical monthly pass, which is priced based on travel between areas. Officials said they would assess the success of the new pass after three months.

• The Regional Connect Pass will continue to be sold at $30 with Metra monthly passes regardless of any revisions made by the commuter rail after September 30.

• Connect Regional Passes can be purchased in conjunction with Metra Monthly Passes from the Ventra app or through Metra ticket agents.

• The Regional Connect fare will replace two products offered to Metra customers with monthly passes – the $55 Link-Up pass which offered unlimited rides on Pace but was only good for peak hour rides CTA, and the $30 PlusBus pass for Pace use only.

Agencies estimate that passengers could save $200 per month with the Super Saver Match and Regional Connect. Derwinski said Metra will start seeing sales trends immediately from Monday sales.

The price changes and reductions come as Metra, Pace and CTA look to boost ridership decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are all working to get passengers back on public transit and make it easier to get around the region,” Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski said in a statement.

The Regional Connect Pass will continue to be sold for $30 with Metra monthly passes regardless of any revisions made by the commuter railroad after September 30.

• Connect Regional Passes can be purchased in conjunction with Metra Monthly Passes from the Ventra app or through Metra ticket agents.

• The Regional Connect fare will replace two products offered to Metra customers with monthly passes – the $55 Link-Up pass which offered unlimited rides on Pace but was only good for peak hour rides CTA, and the $30 PlusBus pass for Pace use only.

Agencies estimate that passengers could save $200 per month with the Super Saver Match and Regional Connect. Derwinski said Metra will start seeing sales trends immediately from Monday sales.

The price changes and reductions come as Metra, Pace and CTA look to boost ridership decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are all working to get passengers back on public transit and make it easier to get around the region,” Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski said in a statement.

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