Metra Costs

Your commute could soon cost more, if a nearly 11 percent proposed Metra hike passes for next year.

Officials hope to boost ticket prices to offset costs for modernizing its aging fleet. Besides the proposed hike for 2015, the company will also seek increases totaling about 68 percent over the next decade.

Metra chair Martin Oberman put a $2.4 billion plan before his board for the system upgrade, which would include replacing decades-old cars with 367 new ones, rehabilitating over 400 more, and updating locomotives.

If approved by Metra’s board next month, the fare hikes would go into effect February 1.

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