July 21, 2020
Metra announced Monday that it will continue to allow doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other medical personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic to ride free on Metra trains through the end of August. To ride free, medical personnel need to present a work ID showing they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department to a Metra conductor.
“We recognize the heroic work being performed by these men and women who bravely continue to show up at work every day and save lives during this crisis, and this was our way to show our gratitude,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski.
August will mark the fifth consecutive month that Metra will allow frontline medical workers to ride for free. Metra says there are no plans to extend the free rides beyond August.