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Metra wastes money when stations need upgrades

Updated: September 19, 2013 9:55AM

I grew up riding the loud rickety CTA — but it always worked to get me to Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field or downtown. These days, so much is happening with our beloved Metra. First the suicide and the pension scandal of the head of Metra, then the incredible fare increases, all the corruption, resignations, several deaths at train crossings, an incredibly bad on-time schedule to rival United and American, to mention just a few concerns.

I ride the Elgin line every day and we arrive at Union Station. Besides being incredibly loud (it makes Metallica sound like whispering) I read recently that the pollution is among the worst in Chicago. And whenever it rains, we all have to dodge the waterfalls leaking from the ceiling. I was shocked when I arrived at the Ogilvie train station one day and realized what a beautiful station those riders have. Maybe Metra should designate some of those big salaries and pensions to improving Union Station.

Bruce Sutchar, Hanover Park

Fare hike causing CTA to lose customers

As a senior citizen on a fixed income, I am not surprised that the Chicago Transit Authority is facing a $10 million budget shortfall. It’s largely because of the pass fare increases that took effect at the beginning of 2013, and the citizens’ rejection of this increase. In past years, I used the pass fare cards to my advantage on a weekly basis. When the increases went into effect, I, and many others like me, stopped using these fare passes. As a matter of fact, in all of 2013, I have used the CTA only twice. Nice going, Forrest Claypool!

Mike Koskiewicz, Portage Park

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