Metra officials are set to consider a rate hike of up to 5.8 percent following proposals offered up at Friday’s board meeting.
Fare increases of 4.8 percent and 5.8 percent have been proposed as means to fund federally mandated safety upgrades as well as modernize Metra’s rail fleet, which is part of a capital plan passed in 2014. A 4.8 percent increase would hike riders’ monthly travel costs to somewhere between $6.25 and $9.75. A 5.8 percent hike would boost monthly fares to $11.25 in all zones.
Metra riders have recently felt the impact of rate hikes due to increases passed in 2014. In 2015, an 11 percent rate hike was imposed as part of that increase and an additional 2 percent bump went into effect in 2016.