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Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day grace period for buying monthly passes.

For some customers on the first day of the new fares, the cost of commuting soared as high as 35 percent, although the average for most regular riders comes out to about 30 percent.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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