Metra said the company will offer free train rides arriving or departing from downtown Chicago stations on New Year's Eve.
For the second year in a row, Metra will provide free travel after 6 p.m. on Thursday in Chicago, though New Year's Eve celebrations may not look the same amid the pandemic.
“While we know that traditional large-scale New Year’s Eve celebrations won’t be happening this year, we feel that it’s still important that people have a safe way to travel on this holiday night,” Metra CEO Jim Derwinski said.
The company reminded travelers that a Sunday or holiday schedule will be in effect Friday, meaning there will be no service on the North Central, South West and Heritage Corridor lines.
"2020 has been a difficult year for so many that the small gift of a free ride is the least we can do as we head into 2021," Derwinski said.
No alcohol will be allowed on trains after 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Metra said in a release.