State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) announced the introduction of new legislation aimed at reducing costs and increasing access to public transportation for residents on Chicago’s south side and southwest suburbs.

“Residents on the South and Southwest sides, as well as in the suburbs, are underserved when it comes to cheap, reliable methods of public transportation,” said Cunningham. “We need to ensure everyone has affordable access to public transit, and this legislation will provide another option to these communities.”

Senate Bill 2277 would require Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to reduce fares on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines to CTA levels at in-city stations; decrease zone-based fares in the south suburbs on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines; adopt the Ventra card to pay for fares on the Metra Electric and Rock Island lines; and offer low-cost transfers between the Metra Electric, Rock Island, CTA and Pace.

The Illinois Senate will consider the measure next spring.