Metra approves nearly 11 percent fare hike

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Metra's board passed its 2015 budget which includes a nearly 11 percent fare hike that will go into effect Feb. 1.

Metra plans to use the fare hikes to fund a $2.4 billion modernization plan which includes rebuilding train cars, buying new train cars and locomotives, and helping finance bonds.

Metra is the nation's second largest commuter rail agency but its train cars are 30 years old, older than the train cars in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

Metra Executive Director Don Orseno has said that if Metra doesn't upgrade its fleet, there will be even bigger problems down the road. He argued this is critical in maintaining safety and reliability.

60 percent of Metra riders buy monthly passes, and those passes range from $78.25 to $263.50. In 2015, those prices will increase to $92.75 to $292.25.

Metra riders should also know that this fare hike is part of a 10-year plan. Fares could go up each year until 2024.

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2 comments

  • Lisa Porter

    I don’t even ride Metra and I winced when I saw that increase. Ouch! And there may be more over the next 10 years? Ow. I feel your pain.

  • tea party rules

    Anyone who questions the fare increase should know a good part of that money goes to a complete rehab of the cars that take you to work and back home..if Metra was to buy all new cars. The increase would be ten times more. Look up the 49th St car shop and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Yes I work in tat shop for a long time and from day one till the last day they are made as good as new