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La Grange, Western Springs Metra Fare Hike: What Will Tickets Cost You?

In addition to the hikes, the price of the 10-ride ticket is no longer discounted.

Metra riders are no longer getting a discount for purchasing a 10-ride fare. The average ticket increased by 25 percent, though some tickets will go up 35 percent. 

The Metra Board of Directors voted last month to change the cost of the once discounted 10-ride pass to be equivalent to the price of 10 one-way fares, according to Metra

The change was made to help fund capital improvement projects, Pioneer Press reports. The policy went into effect Feb 1. 

The La Grange Road and Stone Avenue stations lie within the Metra C zone, meaning that fares to or from downtown Chicago (Union Station) will increase to $42.50 for a 10-ride pass ($4.25 per one-way ride).

Meanwhile, the Western Springs station, in the Metra D zone, will see fares increase to $47.50 for a 10-ride pass to or from Chicago ($4.75 per one-way ride).

Commuters from the G zone to downtown Chicago will pay $62.50 for a 10-ride pass, or $6.25 for a one-way and commuters from the E zone will now pay $52.50 for a 10-ride pass, or $5.25 for a one-way. 

Ten-ride tickets purchased between Nov. 17 and Jan. 31 are valid through Feb. 28. 

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Billy Gallagher February 06, 2013 at 03:26 AM
When we do things in Illinoi$, we don't do them small, no sir. 25% to 35% fare hikes? We got 'em. Increase income tax by 67%? Check! Increase party meter rates in Chicago all the time? You bet cha! Welcome to the Land of Madigan, Durbin and Quinn...and Obama!
amy February 06, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I love that it makes more sense to drive and pay $25 to park when going downtown for a meeting because it's cheaper compared to train fare and can from union station.
Stephanie Holt February 06, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Metra is pricing themselves out of their market. If two or more people are traveling downtown together, it's actually cheaper to hunt around for reasonable parking, and drive. It hurts me to say that, because I am a huge fan of public transit. But many garages that are off the main streets offer better deals, such as early bird specials, and discounts after 5. And don't forget the parking is not free at any of the train stations.
Darren McRoy February 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM
You can also drive and park close to an El station that's not in the heart of the city, then take the El in. Forest Park has a huge cheap parking lot... and the trains run all night, too.
Bruce February 06, 2013 at 07:47 PM
$121 for a monthly METRA pass and $70 a month for the shuttle bus from Union Station, equals $191 a month. Gas ($120 a month) + parking ($15-25 dollars a day) + anxiety ... its not even close.

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