Metra fare increase starting this Sunday

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CHICAGO — A reminder for Metra riders: Fare increases begin this Sunday, February 1.

One way fares will go up an average of 11% to 18%.

That means about 50 cents to a $1 for riders.

Fares will continue rising an average of 68% over the next decade to help fund major improvements, like new rail cars and the locomotives.

By 2024, riders can expect a one-way ride to cost around $5.50.

On the upside, Metra will restore discounts for 10 ride tickets, allow monthly tickets to be used on the first of the following month, and restore single tickets to 90 day validity, instead of the current 14.

The charge for tickets bought on board has been postponed to later this year. It will increase from $3 to $5 when mobile ticketing becomes available.

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