Wow! Didn’t see this coming, but METRA has announced that for this weekend only – all day Saturday and Sunday – tickets are not need. Completely free on every line.

According to the Chicago SunTimes:

Metra CEO Jim Derwinski, who took on the role in late 2017, came up with the free rides idea to counter an 8 percent drop in weekend ridership over the last year, spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

“We survived the polar vortex – now let’s have some fun. There is a lot to do in Chicago and the suburbs and Metra can take you there,” Derwinski said in a news release. “We’re hoping this weekend will convince people who have never ridden Metra or who haven’t ridden Metra in a while to become paid customers in the future.”

Click here for all the official information.

Well, they would need to see a pretty nice uptick in riders to make up the $300,000 in lost weekend ticket sales.

Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of riding the train! Hop on, you are downtown in an hour or less, depending on where you live. No fuss, no muss.

Enjoy the city with a free ride this weekend!