A recent Daily Herald article showed that Metra approved the rise in price for a 10-ride pass. We've all known this was coming, and this is great as long as our trains run on time.
To further decrease the budget hole, Metra needs to eliminate "children ride for free" Currently up to three children may ride with a fare-paying adult. Strike this -- these are three fares lost.
Also, people insistent that their briefcases, packages, coats and food sit on the seat next to them, charge those items a fare. If you do not want someone sitting next to you, then drive your car and get off the train.
The best thing that Metra has done for us regular commuters is the quiet CAR -- best invention -- no cellphone conversations, no obnoxious passengers and a quiet time to regroup.