Pat Quinn 88% Toll Tax Hike Gives Metra Room to Hike Fares without Fear of Lost Customers

Pat Quinn's people have added an 88% Toll Tax Hike to his people's 67% income tax hike. That gives Republicans in control of Metra wiggle room to hike fares without fear of losing customers.

With the increase in gasoline and diesel prices, Metra already had a good excuse to raise commuter fares.

Phil Pagano

Metra's Board planning fare hike.

But, with the 88% Toll Tax Hike, there is now even less possibility of losing railroad passengers to their cars.

The Daily Herald is reporting that the Metra Board is considering a 25% hike in ticket prices over the next two years.

Some might characterize the one-two punch as “pile-on.”

Just as Barack Obama blames the country’s problem on predecessor George W. Bush, new Metra Executive Director Alex Clifford points the finger at Phil Pagano for kicking the can down the road.


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Pat Quinn 88% Toll Tax Hike Gives Metra Room to Hike Fares without Fear of Lost Customers — 2 Comments

  1. Not to crap on your point but W and the GOP congress DID do a great deal to wreck the economy and Phil DID kick the can down the road at the tollway.

    Dont get me wrong. I use the tollway every day and the hike is not welcomed.

    However at least the tolls will be used for infrastructure which never gets cheaper as the years go on.

    The tax hike goes to the bottomless pit the Dems dug for Illinois and gains us little in return.

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