Metra offering $5 unlimited ride ticket Friday — and it’s not just for Hawks parade, rally
By ROSALIND ROSSI Transportation Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 26, 2013 6:08PM
Updated: June 26, 2013 10:31PM
Blackhawks fans from Aurora to Zion can a take a Metra train downtown to Friday’s Stanley Cup celebration and back for $5, under a special unlimited-ride ticket deal announced Wednesday.
However, even non-Blackhawks fans can take advantage of the deal. Any rider can use the Friday-only tickets all day long on multiple trains to go wherever the spirit moves them.
The one-day-only, $5 unlimited-ride ticket is being created to minimize lines Friday at Metra ticket counters, where the cost of a ride normally is tied to distance traveled, Metra officials said. One-way fares normally range from $2.75 to $9.25
“It’s valid all day Friday on all trains,’’ said Metra spokesman Michael Gillis. “We’re just trying to ease the crowding we expect this Friday. It’s much easier to just buy a $5 ticket than to try to figure out the fare.’’
Riders were encouraged to purchase the special tickets in advance from ticket agents. They were not being offered at vending machines.
Metra planned to add trains to most of its lines Friday, but even so, travelers were warned that trains may leave early if they are full.
The suburban rail agency also cautioned that two things normally allowed on Metra trains — bicycles and alcohol — will both be banned Friday.