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Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes

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By Jeff Lusanne

24 November 2014

The Board of Directors of Metra, Chicago’s regional commuter rail service, has unanimously approved a 10-year plan of fare increases. As justification for the sharp rise in ticket prices, the agency points to a dire lack of funding for upkeep of the railroad’s equipment and infrastructure. However, the increase will do little to address the huge backlog of needed upgrades.

In 2015, fares will rise an average of 10.8 percent, with some one-way, full-fare ticket prices increasing by up to 18.2 percent, depending on the zone. Over 10 years, fares will rise by 68 percent, with varying increases year to year.

The current 10-year plan of fare increases comes after an unprecedented fare hike in 2011, when ticket prices rose by an average of 25 percent. Altogether, the increases are a significant burden to many riders that do not own a car, or choose…

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