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Rider opinions sought by Metra
Facing massive budget deficits, Metra urges riders to speak out on proposed fare increases and service cuts. For the first time since 2008, across-the-board fare hikes are contemplated, which could be as high as 25 percent. Possible service cuts of two to four trains on every line (except the Heritage Corridor) are in the offing.
Plummeting sales tax revenues, rising diesel costs, and loss of operating subsidies are partly to blame for the budget shortfall. Additionally, Metra can no longer afford to deplete its capital budget to fund operations. Without capital funds, repairs, upgrades and replacement of existing facilities are impossible.
To register your opinions, take Metra’s on-line survey by mid-August. Public hearings will be scheduled in the fall after a proposed budget is adopted by the board.
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