Metra to end ticket sales on website, pushes mobile app

As a cost-cutting measure, Metra plans to discontinue online ticket sales, which have been declining for years, according to agency officials.

Ceasing Internet sales will save Metra more than $450,000, according to a statement released Monday. That includes $144,000 in website hosting and maintenance costs, and $310,000that would have been needed for credit card security upgrades and a website overhaul to accommodate a new accounting system.

The last day to purchase a monthly pass online will be June 20, officials said, and the last day to purchase a 10-ride ticket will be June 30.

“We understand this change will inconvenience some Metra customers,” Jim Derwinski, Metra CEO/Executive Director said in a statement. “However, we are trying to find efficiencies wherever we can, and we still offer several other sales channels, including the convenient Ventra App.”

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