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With Cook County’s help, South Siders could see lower fares on Metra

For more than two decades, South Side community advocates have hoped for cheaper, more frequent Metra service to provide another transit option in areas without easy access to the “L.”

That dream may be finally coming true.

Metra is talking with Cook County, CTA and Pace about lowering fares on both the Metra Electric District and the Rock Island line, which run between downtown and the far South Side and south suburbs. Details are still being worked out, such as the timing and the size of a financial subsidy from Cook County to make up for possible revenue losses. But for the first time, there’s a definite plan to make this happen…Please click here to read Mary Wisniewski’s story in the Tribune. A related story, Editorial: A smart plan to help Metra serve the South Side better, is in the also in the Tribune.

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