Whether you ride a train, bus or use rideshare apps, you’re about to pay more for your commute in Chicago and the suburbs in the New Year.

The cost of commuting in the Chicago area will rise beginning in 2018 as Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace and ridesharing companies will all see fare hikes.

Under Metra’s plan, monthly passes, which are popular with suburban commuters, will increase from $9 to $12.50, depending on the zone. One-way tickets will increase in cost by 25 cents, and 10-ride rickets will increase from $4.25 to $7.75, depending on the zone the customer purchases tickets in. Weekend passes will go from $8 to $10, and for the first time will include Friday nights.

A Metra spokesperson says the 2018 increase is needed to keep up with base operating costs. The agency has been forced to cut a few trains and consolidate service on two lines. 

“The new revenue will cover the increase in operating costs, including the ongoing implementation of Positive Train Control,” said CEO Jim Derwinski.

Each full fare CTA trip will cost riders 25 cents more, Pace is adding a quarter to all fares, including para-transit, and hailing an Uber or Lyft ride will cost an extra 15 cents thanks to a new city fee. 

Meanwhile, on the roads, the Illinois Tollway Authority is raising tolls for big rigs.


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