Lawmakers want to bail out Metra by hiking fees

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Metra, the second largest commuter rail system, has billions it needs to fund with a freshman CEO at the helm.

Transportation money pit Metra is in the hole $9.7 billion, with a freshman CEO and the rest of the Regional Transportation Authority (CTA and Pace) ready to pick at what is left of the rail system. 

Lawmakers in Springfield had the first of several meetings to discuss the commuter rail’s future, and CEO Don Orseno stopped by to lobby for Metra last Thursday. 

One lawmaker, state Rep. Jeanne Ives said lawmakers have to “look at the fee structure in compared to the value that you’re getting.”

The Wheaton Republican said raising fees may be the answer they need to fund the billions Metra needs. The commuter rail needs to raise the money over the next ten years to update and replace old equipment.

The Daily Herald has more.  

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