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Metra sets local public hearings on service cuts, fare hikes

Sales tax, which makes up half of the commuter rail service’s revenues, has steadily declined due in large part to a rise in online shopping, said Norman Carlson, Metra’s board chairman, who spoke at Thursday’s county board meeting.

Additionally, the new 2 percent surcharge that the state will charge public bodies for its collection of sales tax will cost Metra $9 million, he said…Please click here to read Susan DeMar Lafferty’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Locally, public hearings on the proposed cuts and fare increases will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Homewood Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood, and Nov. 2 at the Will County office building, 302 N. Chicago, Joliet.

Metra also is seeking public comments via email:; via; or in writing: Assistant Secretary to Metra board, Room 1300, 547 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661.

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