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Metra Board Approves Fare Hikes For 2015

The increase will average nearly 11 percent, depending on type of ticket and length of ride. For some passengers, ticket prices could rise more than 20 percent.


UP West Metra Train

Metra Fare Hike Plan Draws Little Outrage At Public Hearing

Those who expected long lines of angry riders to pound on podiums and demand that the 10.8 percent fare increase and yearly fare hikes for 10 years be dropped were wrong. It didn’t happen, at least during the hearing at Mundelein village hall, one of four that occurred Wednesday.


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Fares To Rise On Skyway, CTA And Metra In 2013

The cost of traveling into Chicago will jump next year — be it by bus, rail or car.


credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Metra Budget Hearings Draw Very Low Turnout

Despite a looming 11 percent fare increase for 10-ride ticketholders, few riders bothered to turn out for Metra’s only public hearings on its 2013 budget.

WBBM Newsradio–12/11/2012

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Metra To Raise 10-Ride Ticket Price

Metra will sock those who use its 10-ride tickets with an 11 percent fare increase on Feb. 1, but those who use single-ride tickets or monthly passes will be spared a fare hike.

WBBM Newsradio–11/16/2012


Some Chicago Cabbies On Strike As New Rules Take Effect

Despite the call for a strike during Monday’s morning rush, many cab drivers were still picking up fares.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

Cabbie Strike Call

Cabbies Threaten To Strike Over Call For Fare Hike

It may be a little harder to hail a cab in the very near future, as Chicago’s taxi drivers are threatening to walk off the job.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

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CTA Survey Asks Riders’ Opinions About Hypothetical Fare Hike

Would you pay double or more the current fare for a ride on the CTA? That’s one of the questions on a new survey the CTA sent to some of its customers.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

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Riding Metra Now Costs A Lot More

The biggest fare hike in Metra history is now in effect.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2012

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Metra Riders Rush To Buy Tickets Before Fare Hike

Irritated commuters rushed Tuesday to buy Metra tickets before fare hikes averaging 25 percent go into effect Wednesday, but they couldn’t buy more than a month’s worth of discounted 10-ride passes, thanks to a Metra policy designed to prevent stockpiling.



City Set To Make $1 Fuel Surcharge For Taxi Rides Permanent

The city’s on-again-off-again, $1 fuel surcharge on taxicab fares would become permanent — and part of the cost of entering a cab — thanks to a surprise change tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the cab industry.



Cab Drivers Want Steep Fare Hike, Vomit Cleanup Fee

It’s been six years since Chicago cab drivers have had a fare increase and cabbies say it’s about time they had another one.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2011

Forrest Claypool

Claypool Still Hinting At Possible CTA Fare Hike

Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool is still hinting at a possible fare increase, after announcing the elimination of 200 non-union positions in an effort to partially fill a big budget hole.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2011

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With Fare Hike Looming, Metra Hiring 4 New Top Execs

As Metra gets closer to raising passenger fares to fill a gaping hole in its budget, CBS 2 has learned that Metra is now in the process of hiring four very highly-paid executives.

CBS 2–09/30/2011

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Durbin And Kirk Want Details Of Proposed Metra Fare Hike

Illinois’ U.S. Senators have written Metra CEO Alex Clifford, demanding justification for fare hikes that could top 30 percent.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2011

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Metra Board Could OK Fare Hikes On Friday

Get ready, Metra riders.

The cash-strapped rail agency is finalizing plans for rate hikes that could reach as high as 25 , with a formal vote by Metra’s board on Friday.


One of the take-home cars that 20 top administrators at Metra have access to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, costing the agency about $500,000 a year. (Credit: CBS)

Some Metra Administrators, Staff Get Free Take-Home Cars

Metra is asking riders to dig deeper in their pockets. Fares could go up as much as 20 percent next year. There’s also talk of service cuts, but there’s no talk of eliminating a major perk for some of the agency’s administrators and staff – free take-home cars.


UP West Metra Train

Double-Digit Metra Fare Hike Likely Next Year

It’s looking more and more like two years of double-digit fare increases are just up the track for Metra riders.


credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Digital Chicago

Metra Creeps Closer To Fare Hike

The commuter rail agency’s new CEO, Alex Clifford, said Friday that rising diesel fuel prices and the state of Illinois’ continuing inability to pay subsidies may leave Metra with a $100 million 2011 budget shortfall.