The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

Metra Wants To Raise Fares Almost 6 Percent On Average

By Dong Jin Oh | October 16, 2016 9:55am | Updated on October 21, 2016 11:47am
 A Metra train photographed Thursday, June 9, 2016
A Metra train photographed Thursday, June 9, 2016
View Full Caption
DNAinfo/Justin Breen

CHICAGO — Metra proposed Friday a $1.06 billion budget plan that includes a average 5.8 percent increase in fares, set to take effect Feb. 1 if approved.

The resulting $16.1 million in revenue from the fare hike will help fund "the agency’s huge capital needs," according to a press release.

Ticket prices will change as follows:

• One-way tickets would cost 25 cents more, or 2.4 percent to 7.1 percent more depending on the Metra zone.

• 10-ride tickets would cost $2.75 more, or 2.9 percent to 8.9 percent more.

• Monthly passes would cost $11.75 more, or 4 percent to 12.3 percent more.

Other proposed 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.

“Last year, we said that without a new state bond program, we may need to raise fares even higher than we had projected to fund our capital budget,” Metra executive director and CEO Don Orseno said in a press release. 

“By finding budget efficiencies and carefully prioritizing our capital needs, we are proposing a 5.8 percent increase in fare revenue for 2017 — with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward capital improvements,” Orseno said.

The 2017 proposed budget, which covers day-to-day costs of running the commuter rail agency, will set aside $781.2 million for operating costs and $279.5 million for capital improvements.

The proposed budget will be the subject of eight public hearings in the Chicago area on Nov. 2 and 3. The hearings will be webcast live on Metra's website.

For more neighborhood news, listen to DNAinfo Radio here.