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Metra to offer free rides for New Year’s Eve after 6 p.m.

A passenger walks past a Metra engine Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the Joliet Rock Island District stop in Joliet, Ill.
A passenger walks past a Metra engine Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the Joliet Rock Island District stop in Joliet, Ill.

Metra announced earlier this month that for the first time in its history, it will offer free rides across its system Tuesday for New Year’s Eve and discounted fares on New Year’s Day.

Rides will be free on every Metra train that arrives or departs downtown Chicago stations after 6 p.m. Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, according to a news release.

On Wednesday, New Year’s Day, Metra will offer a $5 unlimited ride pass.

“Public transit is the safest way to travel, and Metra would like to do its part to encourage our riders to celebrate responsibly and leave the driving to us,” Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski said.

Metra will also hold the departure of the last outbound trains on the eight lines that offer late-night service until at least 1:15 a.m. for the convenience of late-night New Year’s revelers.

Metra will offer extra early departure train service from downtown Dec. 31. For a summary of modified service, visit MetraRail.com.

Alcohol is prohibited on all trains after 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

Throughout Will County, Metra operates multiple service lines going to Chicago including the Heritage Corridor and Rock Island District lines starting in Joliet, the SouthWest Service line starting in Manhattan and the Metra Electric District line from University Park.

Customers also are reminded that a Sunday/holiday schedule will be in effect Jan. 1.

The Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service lines will have no service on that day.

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