Metra unveiled its proposed budget for next year, which involves raising fares by at least 5 percent in 2008, followed by 10 percent increases in 2009 and 2010, if the General Assembly doesn't come through with new funding.
The agency has a $40 million deficit for next year.
You can read more about it in tomorrow's Sun-Times, but here are the basics of what Metra's board is considering:
Metra riders face one of two doomsday scenarios.
One plan would increase fares by 10 percent next year, eliminate the $5 weekend fare program and
create a new $7 all-day fare for Saturday and Sunday riders. Metra would also shrink its administrative
staff by 100 positions and eliminate some janitorial and coach cleaning services, Executive Director Phil
The second option would be to raise fares by 5 percent in 2008, but all Sunday service would be cut. Weekend fares would be $7 on Saturdays.
With either plan, riders would be hit with 10 percent fare increases in 2009 and 2010.