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Metra Fares Rising Up To 30 Percent On Wednesday

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Starting Wednesday, Metra riders will see a big increase in fares, with most riders paying 30 percent more.

Monthly passes will increase on average 29 percent, while 10-ride tickets will increase 30 percent.

One-way tickets will increase, on average, 15 percent, while reduced fares will rise 10 percent.

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Metra officials say the increase will cover a budget deficit caused by higher fuel costs and other administrative costs.

Fares for Northwest Indiana riders on the South Shore will also go up 5 percent, beginning on Feb. 15. The increase for monthly pass holders will go into effect on March 1.