Metra's 'Family Fares' program runs daily during holiday, children ride free

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CHICAGO (AP) - Children 11 and younger may ride on Metra for free from Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

The Chicago-area transit agency announced that the popular weekend "Family Fares" program is being expanded to weekdays this year.

Up to three kids accompanied by an adult may ride for free during the period.

Metra CEO Jim Derwinski says that Metra wants "to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for families to experience the magic of the holiday season."

Metra is also offering $10 unlimited-ride holiday passes for Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets may be purchased on board, from a station agent or on the Ventra app.