Metra Fare Increase

Train riders are getting ready for some major fare changes.

Metra officials recently announced a plan to increase the cost of train tickets as a result of the company’s $100 million deficit.

Riders have mixed feelings on the cost increase of about 25%, but are thankful it is less than the 69% Metra had originally planned.

“I mean we depend on the train like what are the other alternatives? You have to spend money on gas to take a car out there and it’s still the best alternative available,” said Ryan Wilson, a Naperville resident. “Honestly they could raise it a lot more and I would still probably take the train.”

“I don’t really have a choice, I’ve got to buy the ticket,” said Naperville resident Forrest Jacoby.

“My alternative is to drive, which is awful,” said C.K., another Naperville resident. “So I’m sort of held captive for this increase.”

There will be public hearings held November 3rd and 4th for customers to express their concerns about the new prices before an official vote.

If approved, the hikes will go into effect February 2012.

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