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Metra Riders, Are You Ready for a Fare Hike?

Metra Board approves fare Increases, changes in fare policies, effective Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The Metra Board of Directors approved its 2012 budget, which includes increased fare prices that will go into effect on Feb. 1.

Metra fare increases are across all ticket types and fare policies will see a change.

According to the 2012 fare table, one-way tickets will increase an average of 15.7 percent across all fare zones, while 10-ride tickets will go up an average of 30 percent and monthly passes will increase an average of 29.4 percent.

Reduced fare one-way tickets will increase an average of 10.3 percent, reduced fare 10-ride tickets will increase an average of 18.9 percent and reduced fare monthly passes will go up an average of 10.8 percent.

Taken together, the overall average increase is 25.1 percent.

On Monday, Metra CEO and Executive Director Alex Clifford told the Chicago Tribune, the increase is necessary to "put Metra on a stable financial course."

"The additional revenue will help close a $53.6 million budget gap in 2012," according to Chicago Tribune reports.

Metra's increase comes several months after aldermen .

How It's Affecting Our Readers

One Facebook fan considered leaving from a different stop to help out with her fare. Another thought about it, but was deterred by parking concerns.

  • Amy Litviak: i'll still be leaving from the oak forest stop but i have thought about moving to the Midlo stop because of the fair increase. i wish better customer service came with the fair increase.
  • Jill Otrembiak: YES! My monthly ticket went from 116.10 up 149.50! But it still beats driving. And no I wont change stops, it is too close too home and I am not sure about enough parking in Midlo.

How will it affect you?

Lisa February 01, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Remember monthly tickets for January are no good tomorrow morning. You will need to allow extra time to purchase at your station if your station has a ticket agent OR be prepared to buy a ticket on the train in the morning....and pay extra because your doing so.
Lisa February 01, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Fair hikes.....some reasons you see this (no not mis-management)....free rides for seniors who are working full time thanks to Rod. We all have seen our gasoline cost for our cars go up- diesel fuel has gone up too and that is what a locomotive runs on. We have all seen our electric bills go up - and electricity is what lights up train depots, downtown train stations, and all the corporate offices. Our employment related expenses have all increased- how do you think this affects Metra with all the engineers, trainmen, car cleaners, ticket agents and the like. By all means if you think you can drive cheaper - I dare you drive the Stevenson, drive the Ryan, drive the Ike- just quit complaining already.
Amanda A February 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I'm not surprised that the fares went up, it is digging a deeper hole in my bank account now, but Lisa is right. Everything is going up. Metra has to pay it's bills too. I don't like it, but I have no right to complain. I'm going to stick with the Oak Forest stop, it's only a few blocks from my house making it very convenient. I'm not going to wake up earlier or leave earlier just to save a few bucks. Still beats fighting traffic on the expressways every day.

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