Tell Metra what you think about fare increase plan

  • Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Commuters board an inbound Metra train at the Arlington Heights station. A major fare increase will be coming next year, if leaders of the agency approve.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Commuters board an inbound Metra train at the Arlington Heights station. A major fare increase will be coming next year, if leaders of the agency approve.

 
 
Updated 11/4/2014 4:27 PM

You can't vote on Metra's proposed fare hike, but riders can give agency leaders their opinions during a series of hearings this week.

The Metra board is expected to vote on the 2015 budget and higher fares Nov. 15.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The agency is contemplating an average 10.8 percent increase in 2015 and a series of spikes to follow through 2024 that would total 68 percent compounded over 10 years.

Officials are promising to invest in new train cars and locomotives, which should provide more reliable service with some of the extra cash. The rest of the new funds would be spent on an automatic braking system mandated by Congress and cost-of-living increases.

Here's a look at upcoming public hearings that will occur from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday:

• Community room, Hanover Park Police Department, 2011 W. Lake St., Hanover Park;

• Building A, 1st floor auditorium, Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva;

• Board room, Mundelein Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle, Mundelein;

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• Board room, Homewood Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood.

Additional hearings will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the following:

• Board room, Clarendon Hills Village Hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills;

• Council chambers, Woodstock Village Hall, 121 N. Calhoun St., Woodstock;

• Board room, 2nd floor, Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet;

• Board room, Metra, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

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