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NATO summit cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue and security costs

The NATO summit at McCormick Place cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue from customers who stayed away and extra security expenses like bomb-sniffing dogs, the commuter railroad agency said Wednesday.

Some Metra board members said they were surprised the costs weren’t higher, based on the number of cautionary measures imposed by theU.S. Secret Service, which coordinated security for last month’s meeting of world leaders.

“To be honest, I thought it might be three or four times as much as that figure,” board member Jack Schaffer said, adding he was glad only one of Metra’s 11 lines had to be shut down for any period of time.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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