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How to have your say on proposed Metra fare changes

Metra riders can learn more about proposed changes to the fare structure at upcoming public forums to be held throughout February.

The agency is hoping to create more flexibility, increase ridership and make adjustments to some zones to improve consistency.

Ideas include offering a one-day pass and charging less for people who travel to and from downtown at off-peak hours.

Revisions to zoning could involve: charging the same amount to travel to an additional zone; redefining Zone A to comprise the six downtown stations while the other nine stations would be shifted to Zone B; consolidating some of the outermost zones such as McHenry, Woodstock and Harvard.

Upcoming hearings include:

• 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Kane County Government Center, 719 Batavia Ave., Geneva.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Arlington Heights' village hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Libertyville's village hall, 118 W. Cook Ave.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Clarendon Hills' village hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave.

• 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Metra headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

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