A 5-percent fare
hike approved by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s
Board of Trustees in May will take effect on the South Shore commuter line
on Sunday, July 1.
The changes will
apply to all fare types, beginning with July monthly ticket sales, and apply
to all stations except Hegewisch, with the 5-percent hike rounded to the
nearest 25 cents. Metra controls Hegewisch fares and approved an increase
effective Feb. 1.
The new one-way
fare from Dune Park Station to Millennium station will now cost $9, up from
“Due to the
implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) over the next year, the South
Shore Line fare increases are a necessary means of supporting the PTC safety
upgrades and improvements required by federal mandate,” NICTD said in a
statement released on Wednesday.
The most recent
South Shore fare hike went into effect on July 1, 2017: it was the second
phase of a two-phase 5-percent hike enacted to raise additional
revenues--estimated at $1 million annually--to be used exclusively for
capital projects and investments.