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Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Metra Fares Increase: What Will Tickets Cost You?

The price of the 10-ride ticket is no longer discounted.

Metra riders are no longer getting a discount for purchasing a 10-ride fare.

The Metra Board of Directors voted last month to change the cost of the once discounted 10-ride pass to be equivalent to the price of 10 one-way fares. The change was made to help fund capital improvement projects, the Pioneer Press reports. The policy went into effect Feb 1. 

Lake Forest commuters will now pay $57.50 for a 10-ride pass, or $5.75 for a one-way ticket. Monthly passes are $163.75 and weekend tickets are $7.

Lake Bluff commuters will now pay $62.50 for a 10-ride pass, or $6.25 for a one-way ticket. Monthly passes are $178.00 and weekend tickets are $7.

Ten-ride tickets purchased between Nov. 17 and Jan. 31 are valid through Feb. 28. 

What do you think about the Metra fare increase? Will you take Metra less?

Carl Castrogiovanni February 05, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Without the 10-ride discount, us occasional riders will now just purchase as we go rather than spending MORE up front to get a 10-ride pass. In the long run, Metra will get its extra funds, but there may be a short run hiccup in cash flows. All in all, I don't think this will reduce ridership. It will still be easier and cheaper to use the rail than driving. At least for a while longer...
RSG February 05, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I disagree with this change. I don't think in the long run this is a good idea.
Scott February 05, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The cost to ride should equal the expense to run the train. Those of us that are unable to benefit from public transportation should not have to keep funding it for those who do. Our fuel costs, insurance costs, and maintenance costs continue to go up. The cost to ride the train should go up as well.
Hmmmm6 February 06, 2013 at 12:39 AM
You are right to an extent. Deficits are irresponsible but driving has some externalities that you don't pay for and think how bad the traffic would be if you force everyone to the road. Traffic in Chicago is already a serious issue; figuring out how to get more people in a train or more into each car driving would be a better approach. Better yet: differential pricing on tolls to keep people off the road during high volume commute times. Works for London.

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