Metra, CTA and Skyway Commuters To Feel 2013 Increases

How new fare and toll hikes will affect you

New Year, new increases for Chicago-area commuters.

The Chicago Transit Authority last week approved a price hike for monthly, weekly, three-day and Metra "Link-up" passes. That's on top of a toll increase on the Chicago Skyway, the Chicago Sun-Times points out.

The price for monthly CTA passes will increase from $86 to $100. Weekly passes increase to $28 from $23. Three-day passes are going from $14 to $20, and one-day passes will nearly double, from $5.75 to $10.

The Metra "Link-up" Pass is going up $10, to $55, and the reduced-fare for seniors will rise to $1 from 85 cents (low-income seniors will continue to ride at no cost).

There's a temporary reprieve for riders who take the Blue Line from O'Hare International Airport, though. A proposal called for raising the $2.25 fare for those who depart from the airport to $5. O'Hare employees balked at that, and the board did an about face.

Those using a Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus will continue to pay $2.25 through at least July 1, 2013.

That's not all. As of Feb. 1, Metra's 10-ride ticket is increasing by 11 percent, which comes out to anywhere between $2.75 and $9.25. Officials believe the change would raise around $8.3 million.

For Skyway drivers, tolls are going up from $3.50 to $4.

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