Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a press conference at the LaSalle Street Metra station on Monday

Leaders of Metra, the Pace suburban bus agency and the Regional Transportation Authority joined Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday to mark the beginning of a three-year pilot program aimed at helping south-suburban residents with a “lack of affordable options” for getting around, Preckwinkle said.

The South Cook Fair Transit program will slash fares on the Metra Electric and Rock Island train lines to $2.50 per ride, matching the CTA’s rate. It will also more than double the frequency of bus service on Pace’s busy No. 352 line, which traverses the Southland.

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