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Metra Board approves 2021 budget

The Metra Board approved the agency’s 2021 operating budget. Although its $700 million operating budget for next year does not call for any fare increases or service cuts from present levels, the agency’s leadership warned that without additional COVID-related financial assistance, Metra will need to cut expenses by $70 million next year.

“Without additional financial assistance, we face extremely difficult choices – and that includes service cuts,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Our sister agencies in Chicago and across the country are in the same predicament. We need to get the message out loud and clear that public transportation as our customers know it could be be severely curtailed without additional financial relief.” Read more. For more information about Metra’s 2021 budget, please click here.

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