By Marcus Gilmer in News on Oct 16, 2009 4:40PM
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“If there’s a review and it finds the program should be based on ability to pay, that low-income seniors and definitely veterans and also our military personnel receive a break with respect to public transit, I think that’s where we’re headed...And under a crisis, sometimes, that’s what you have to do. If you are wealthy, then maybe you can make do with the situation where you pay your way. But I don’t want to hurt folks who live from pension check to pension check."
Joining the CTA in proposing higher fares for 2010, Metra unveiled plans for their own hike; the last time Metra raised fares was in 2008. One-way fares would be raised by six percent while weekend fares would increase from $5 to $7. The biggest increase will come with the surcharge for those who purchase tickets on the train instead of at the station: from $2 to $5. This new hike, though, will apply only to stops where tickets are available at the station.