CHICAGO (AP) — Children 11 and younger may ride on Metra for free from December 24 through January 4.

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

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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.”

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

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