The board of Metra commuter rail has approved its 2009 budget without any fare hikes. The agency already raised fares earlier this year by 10 percent.
Metra officials fulfilled their promise to avoid a fare hike in this budget. At the same time, they argued the agency needs loads of capital money from the state.
That's a long standing request from Chicago-area transit agencies. Metra director Phil Pagano says if that funding doesn't come through the board will have to make some tough decisions. But, Pagano says raising fares wouldn't make up that shortfall.