Metra projects $17 million revenue deficit

August 13, 2010 4:55:21 PM PDT
Metra projects a $17 million revenue deficit for the year with ridership down almost 4 percent in the year ending in June 2010.

Metra blames local unemployment for the decline in commuting.

The agency says it is looking at options to address the deficit including using capital funds for operating expenses.

Metra Chairwoman Carole Doris says it is too early to say whether the agency will have raise fares, but she would rather not.