Saturday, November 17, 2012
Metra's board voted to drop the discount on its 10-ride ticket. Now it costs the same as 10 individual fares, instead of nine. Tell us what you think of the decision. Plus, Patch breaks down the numbers surrounding the increase.
If there's one thing you can say about the increase in Metra's 10-ride ticket, it's that you get what you pay for. The Metra board of directors voted 8-2 on Friday, Nov. 16, to make the 10-ride ticket cost as much as 10 individual tickets, ABC 7 News reports. Currently, the price of the 10-ride ticket is equal to nine individual tickets. READ: Check Out the Full ABC 7 News Story for More Details The increase goes into effect Feb. 1. Because no one demanded it, Patch breaks down the numbers surrounding the 10-ride fare hike. Metra fares are dependent on distance. Here's how much that 10th ticket will cost for a commuter to travel from his or her home station to downtown Chicago. What are other commuters paying to make it to work? Here's a …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Last year, Metra approved fare hikes to help cover a budget deficit attributed to diesel fuel prices, new federal regulations and higher insurance premiums for the company.
A 30 percent increase to Metra's 10-ride tickets and monthly passes takes effect today, Feb. 1, for commuters throughout the Chicago area. Last year, Metra approved fare hikes to help cover a budget deficit attributed to diesel fuel prices, new federal regulations and higher insurance premiums for the company. Taken together, the overall average increase is about 25 percent. The commuter rail division of the Illinois Regional Transit Authority is facing a $65 million deficit in 2012 and $100 million deficit in 2013. Read "The Fact Check: Is Metra Fudging the Savings Numbers?" What do the percentages mean for you? In Zone A, there will be an average monthly increase of $78. In Zone D, the monthly increase is about $135. View the PDF …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Instead of SouthWest Service line cuts, Metra's Board of Directors will vote next month on several changes to the fare structure before letting the public have a say.
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- Jesse Marx
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Metra's Board of Directors has decided against a proposal that would have cut weekday and weekend trains along the SouthWest Service Line, but the board is looking at an average 30 percent fare hike to plug next year's budget hole. Directors have settled temporarily on a proposal from Metra staff to raise one-way tickets by 17 percent, monthly tickets by 29 percent, and 10-ride tickets by 32 percent. In the meantime, they also agreed to discontinue the subsidy for Link-Up and PlusBus passes, round all tickets to the nearest quarter, and shorten all expiration and refund dates on sales. Ten ride tickets, for instance, would be redeemable for only 30 days, down from one year, with a $5 processing fee. The commuter rail division of the …