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South Shore 5 percent fare hike effective Sunday

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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 $8.50.

“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.



Posted 6/28/2018




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