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Metra Citizens Advisory Board to Hold Special Meeting

(August 19, 2011) - 
The Metra Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a special meeting on August 26 to discuss the commuter rail agency’s 2012 budget, including proposals to address a funding imbalance through possible fare increases and service cuts.
The CAB is a group of Metra riders and area residents who were appointed by the Metra Board of Directors to provide input to the agency on policies, programs and services. CAB members, who serve without compensation, have been meeting since January.
Metra has warned riders that it is facing a shortfall next year brought about by rising fuel prices, the phase-out of credits used to meet the RTA-mandated recovery ratio and the need to stop using scarce capital dollars as a stop-gap way to pay for operations. At the last two meetings of the Metra board, staff has discussed a variety of options for balancing its budget in the face of the shortfall, including raising fares and cutting service.
At its August 26 meeting, the CAB is expected to provide its input into the budget discussion. In addition, the CAB is inviting other Metra riders to come to the meeting and comment on the issue. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. August 26 in the Metra Board Room, 13th floor, 547 W. Jackson, Chicago.
The public will also be able to comment on the 2012 Metra budget this fall, when the agency will hold public hearings in the six-county area. Details about those hearings will be announced later.
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