Metra considering rate hikes

Metra riders should get ready to pay more to ride. Today, the board proposed a rate hike.

Here’s what the increase would mean for riders:

  • One-way fare + .25 in all zones
  • 10-ride fares + $2.75 in all zones
  • Monthly passes + $11.75 in all zones


Reduced fare tickets would also go up.

  • One way fare +.25
  • 10-ride fare + $1.50
  • Monthly fare + $7.50


Weekend passes would stay the same.

Overall, this comes to about at 5.8 percent increase in fare revenue.  That’s less than what was proposed back in 2014’s 10-year fare hike outlook. It was supposed to be 8.5 percent.

Metra says it was able to lower that number by containing operating costs.

The proposed fare increase would bring in an additional 16 million dollars.

At today’s meeting, board members noted the need to update the 10-year plan and proposed fare hike structure and also push for more funding from the state and federal governments.  The board will vote on the fare increase at its meeting in November and any increase would start February 1.

Until then, Metra is hosting eight public hearings across the Chicago area to hear from riders.

You can also email your comments to Metra at

And attend a public hearing:

Preliminary Schedule

November 2nd,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Homewood Village Hall, Village Board Room, 2020 Chestnut Rd
  • Arlington Heights Village Hall, Village Board Room, 33 S Arlington Heights Rd
  • Clarendon Hills Village Hall, Village Board Room, One N Prospect Ave
  • Mundelein Village Hall, Village Board Room, 300 Plaza Circle
  • Chicago Metra Board Room, 547 West Jackson, Webcast Live


November 3rd 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Kane County Gov’t Center, Building A, 1st Floor Auditorium, 719 S Batavia Ave, Geneva
  •   Will Co. Office Building, Co. Board Room 2nd Floor, 302 N Chicago St, Joliet
  • Crystal Lake City Hall, City Council Chambers, 100 W Woodstock St.