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Metra proposes 2021 budget with no service cuts – for now

Press release from Metra

Metra recently proposed a 2021 operating budget of $700 million that does not call for any fare increases or service cuts from present levels but will require expenses to be cut by $70 million unless the agency receives additional COVID-related financial assistance. Metra also detailed a 2021 capital budget of $386.4 million that continues significant investment in railcars, locomotives, bridges and stations. Read more.

A public hearing for Metra’s Preliminary 2021 Operating and Capital Program and Budget, the 2021-2023 Financial Plan, and the 2021-2025 Capital Program will be conducted virtually on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The hearing will be available to the public within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties through Webex.

Information for members of the public wishing to attend the hearing is below:

Virtual attendees can also call in to access the hearing via phone. The number is (844) 517-1442, access code 173 643 2679. Read more.

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