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Metra proposes 2021 budget with no service cuts – for now

Metra's 2021 proposed $700 million operating budget does not call for fare increases or service cuts from present levels, but it will require $70 million in cuts unless the agency receives additional COVID-related financial assistance.

Metra also detailed a 2021 capital budget of $386.4 million that continues significant investment in railcars, locomotives, bridges and stations.

The proposed operating spending plan, presented Oct. 6, assumes that Metra ridership will end 2020 at about 20 percent of the pre-COVID-19 level and increase to 50 percent by the end of 2021. If that . . .

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