When Metra set fares for the Northwest line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, there was a flaw that has resulted in overcharging McHenry County residents for decades.
That’s because the rates were set based on the number of miles traveled.
Ignored is the fact that most of the cost of a train ride occurs as a train is leaving the Chicago station.
The variable costs of the track, salaries and fuel do exist, but the cost of each additional mile a commuter rides is not the total cost divided by the number of miles.
Metra’s newest board member, former McHenry County Board member and Chairman Ken Koehler reported Tuesday the following fare hikes:
25 cents for a one-way ticket
$1.75 for ten rides
$2.50 for monthly tickets
Koehler put it this way:
“Because we’re the farthest out, we are getting a lot more ride for the dollar.”