Fair Transit South Cook

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Fair Transit South Cook First Year Results

Fair Transit South Cook released findings from the first year of the pilot program. Read the Fair Transit South Cook report to learn about the results as well as the goals for the final two years of the program.

Highlights within the report include:

  • Ridership on the Metra Electric (ME) and Rock Island lines is recovering at a faster rate than the rest of the Metra system.
  • Lower-income neighborhoods are using and benefiting the most from the fare reductions on the ME line and the service improvements on Pace Route 352 Halsted.


The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH), under the leadership of President Toni Preckwinkle, has established a partnership with Metra and Pace Suburban Bus to launch Fair Transit South Cook. 

The three-year pilot launched on January 4, 2021 and offers up to a 50% fare reduction on Metra's Electric and Rock Island lines as well as increased service on Pace Route 352 Halsted. The program seeks to benefit commuters in the County's south suburbs and on the south side of Chicago. 

Fair Transit at a glance:

  • Up to 50% off fares on Metra's Electric and Rock Island lines (savings is dependent on the Metra stop location).
  • Catch the Pace Route 352 Halsted bus every 10 minutes.
  • Anyone riding transit in the pilot area may take advantage of these initiatives.

View the increased service schedule for Pace Route 352 Halsted

View the reduced fare table for the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines.

Fair Transit Testimonial Video

The testimonial video is also on Cook County's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/LXgD_a2LXgo