Attention Metra riders: there will be some big changes starting this week with how you purchase and use your train tickets.

The changes are set to take effect on Feb. 1, with many ticket windows closing, new vending machines installed and the elimination of certain purchasing options.

The main change will be ticket windows closing on all of the railway agency’s lines. According to Metra, windows already closed on BNSF lines by Jan. 8, and all remaining ticket windows, including those at downtown Chicago stations, will shutter on Feb. 1.

Vending machines have been placed at the busiest stops impacted by the decision, with riders encouraged to use the Ventra app on their mobile devices.

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