08/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ticket To Ride Exclusive Metra Car: $900 A Year (VIDEO)

Riding in a private Metra car may not be as expensive as you think.

The Tribune's Richard Wronski reports that Metra's exclusive Car 553, the nation's last privately owned commuter car, costs its 70 patrons a Metra monthly pass and a $900 a year membership into Commuter Associates, Inc. The car, which is plush by public transit standards but not exactly opulent, is the contemporary incarnation of the Deerpath, the gold-trimmed private train car used by early 20th Century city moguls.

The private car runs on the UP North line from Ogilvie station.

Watch a snapshot of a trip inside Car 553: