Cook County’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH), under the leadership of President Toni Preckwinkle, is working towards a partnership with the region’s transit agencies to launch a three-year pilot project to improve transit service and lower costs for the residents of the south side of Chicago, south suburban Cook and north Will Counties.
The pilot is anticipated to kick-off in early 2021 by establishing a 50 percent reduction in Metra fares on the Metra Electric and Rock Island Lines and improved service and frequency on Pace along Halsted, a future Pulse Corridor. The County will underwrite costs for each participating agency.
The Fair Transit pilot will provide south Cook County and north Will County residents with greater opportunities to make transit their choice for getting to work, school, shopping and regional destinations.
The three-year pilot will be implemented in phases, as outlined below:
The Metra, Pace and Cook County Boards are expected to vote on their participation at their November and December meetings.
All announcements regarding Fair Transit South Cook will be available on this page. Please check back for updates.
Public awareness and participation in this pilot are critical to evaluate the value and effectiveness. Cook County and the participating transit partners will engage community organizations to share information with their networks at each pilot milestone. Pilot representatives plan to also popup throughout South Cook and portions of Will Counties to reach residents as they go about their daily routines. Surveys will be distributed throughout the course of the pilot to help gauge the effectiveness of each initiative.
Community Partner Virtual Meetings
Virtual meetings with community partners were held in November 2020 to preview pilot details and outreach plans. A summary of participant input will be added here shortly.
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You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list or ask questions at any time.
Cook County, Metra, and Pace will be conducting media campaigns to spread the word about Fair Transit South Cook throughout the remainder of 2020. We invite you to become a pilot ambassador by sharing this information with your networks. Community support and engagement in this effort are critical to its success and our project team appreciates everything that interested community stakeholders have done and continue to do to improve transit for south Cook residents.
To make it easy for you to promote the pilot, we've gathered the essential materials in one place for you to download the files you need.
The Fair Transit Community Partner Toolkit
Right-click the file link and click Save Link As... to download and save the desired file.
- Fair Transit Logo (PNG)
- Pilot Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Pilot Area Map (JPG)
- Social Media Materials (suggested text and graphics)
- Poster (PDF for print or to attach to an email)
- Digital Ads (for newsletters and websites)
Learning about your travel needs and how the pandemic has affected you will help shape the pilot.
Eligible participants will receive a $5 gift card for coffee while supplies last.
RESEARCH & INFORMATION
- Part of the pilot is funded through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Accelerating Innovative Mobility program. You can learn more about the grant process and awardees here: www.transit.dot.gov/AIM