The Columbia Chronicle

Metra fare hikes understandable

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

Metra announced Nov. 13 it would raise one-way and weekend ticket prices on all rail lines, effective Feb. 1.Columbia has long been a commuter school, so this increase will affect students as well. However, monthly and 10-day ticket prices will not increase. Those who commute regularly will still be able to purchase these passes at the normal price, so Columbia students aren’t as affected as they could have been if all pr...

Major changes to come for local transit

By Bethany Reinhart

February 9, 2009

The Regional Transportation Authority hopes that the $500 million to $600 million expected from a federal economic stimulus plan will help fund a much needed capital infrastructure plan that will focus on renovating and modernizing the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace by replacing old rail cars, improving rail lines and purchasing new hybrid buses.Discussion about pending transit improvements was in full swing by 8:30 ...

Commuter students need fare break

By Editorial Board

December 8, 2008

Every semester, full-time Columbia students enjoy a wonderful little plastic perk-the student U-Pass. The U-Pass is included in students' tuition at a deeply discounted rate from a regular CTA pass and allows students unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains during the course of the semester. There is no doubt-students love their U-Passes. But Metra Commuter students still don't get to enjoy the same perks as CTA riders, which ...

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