It operates 702 weekday trains and hundreds on weekends. On an average weekday, it carries more than 150,000 passengers on 488 miles of tracks.
Those passengers-- except for lower-income seniors who continue to ride free-- can expect higher fares next year.
In February, Metra's board chose as its new executive director and chief executive officer Alex Clifford. He was an executive with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He is our guest on this edition of NewsViews.