Metra board votes to raise fares in 2017

- The Metra board voted to approve its third rate hike in three straight years on Friday, pushing up prices by $11.75 for a monthly pass.

The rate hike, which is the second this year, was approved by a 9-1 vote from board members. Fares for the commuter rail will increase by an average of 5.8 percent starting in February 2017.

Roughly 150,000 commuters use the Metra daily.

Metra fares were raised by 11 percent last year. From Metra:

  • Customers who buy One-Way Tickets will pay 25 cents more per ticket, or 2.4 percent to 7.1 percent more depending on the Metra zone. 
  • Customers who buy 10-Ride Tickets will pay $2.75 more per ticket, or 2.9 percent to 8.9 percent more. 
  •  Customers who buy Monthly Passes will pay $11.75 more per month, or 4 percent to 12.3 percent more. 
  • Other fare increases include an additional 25 cents on the reduced fare One-Way Ticket, an additional $1.50 on the reduced fare 10-Ride Ticket and an additional $7.50 on the reduced fare Monthly Pass.
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