Metra Won't Increase Fares in 2020, Agency Says - NBC Chicago

Metra Won't Increase Fares in 2020, Agency Says

2020 will mark the second straight year in which the agency has kept rates steady



    Metra Won't Increase Fares in 2020, Agency Says
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    View of the Metra commuter railroad logo on the side of a rail car, Chicago, Illinois, October 7, 2016. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

    For the second year in a row, Metra announced that it will not raise fares for riders in 2020.

    In a press release issued Wednesday, the agency also said that thanks to a new state capital program, $2.6 billion will be allocated to capital improvements over the next five years to purchase more locomotives, railcars, and to improve stations and bridges.

    “We are happy to give our customers a double dose of good news,” Metra CEO Jim Derwinski said. “Thanks to Springfield stepping up, we do not need to raise fares for capital needs – in fact, we now have a significant infusion of capital dollars to help us begin to attack our backlog of capital work.”

    The agency says that its budget is expected to rise by approximately $5 million next year, but despite an uptick in operating costs, the agency found inefficiencies to help offset the additional costs.

    A list of specific projects will be released along with the agency’s full capital plan in October.

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