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New fare programs help riders save money on regional transit

CTA, Metra, and Pace have introduced the Regional Connect Pass, a new fare product that, when coupled with Metra’s new “Super Saver” $100 monthly pass being piloted this July-September, will give Chicago area residents unlimited rides on all three systems — at a reduced cost and with greater flexibility. 

Federal infrastructure dollars boost region's capital projects

Approximately $250 million in federal capital funding has recently been added to the RTA capital program. The RTA and the service boards—CTA, Metra, and Pace—have prepared for this influx of funds through previous planning efforts and have already begun to spend on identified priority projects that will make the region’s transit safer, more accessible, and more efficient.

The RTA's Role

Created by the State of Illinois, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) coordinates the Chicago region’s transit system, oversees its financing with transparency and accountability, and plans for a future with adequate, accessible, and equitable public transportation for the six counties of Northeastern Illinois.

Regional Transit Strategic Planning

The RTA is now developing the region's next strategic transit plan, the successor to Invest in Transit. Three tracks, which focus on funding, planning, and transparent and collaborative engagement, will advance simultaneously to help articulate a strategic vision that will be considered by the RTA Board for adoption in January 2023. 

RTA Fare Programs Online

Riders with disabilities and seniors can now apply for, replace, and renew Reduced Fare and Ride Free Permits online with an easy-to-use web application at Fares.RTAChicago.org.

Forward For All

Chicagoland’s public transit system contributes to our region’s economic, environmental, and social health in ways and at a scale nothing else can.

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Connections: A blog about the Chicago region’s transit system

The RTA Connections blog features stories about how we collaborate with Chicago Transit AuthorityMetra, and Pace Suburban Bus to plan, invest in, and move the Chicago region's transit system.