SNAP recipients ride Metra for less

LAKE FOREST – Access to affordable transportation can make a significant difference in people’s lives. To help more residents travel across the region, State Senator Julie Morrison urges those eligible to sign up for the Regional Transit Authority’s new Access Pilot Program.

“The ability to afford and rely on public transportation is an important economic driver,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “It increases job opportunities, reduces our environmental footprint and improves quality of life.”

The RTA, Metra and Cook County are partnering through the new Access Pilot Program to extend reduced fares to Metra riders experiencing low incomes. The Access Pilot Program will run through July 31, 2025. All recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) living in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will are eligible to apply for more affordable transit.

“The Access Pilot Program will ease the financial burden of public transportation, helping folks get to where they need to be,” said Morrison. “I encourage all who are eligible to sign up.”

Residents can sign up for RTA’s Access Pilot Program online or in person at RTA registration sites.