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OPINION: Sitting in the conductor’s seat

A Metra train leaves Downtown Chicago. The suburban rail division of the Regional Transportation Authority announced a fare increse of roughly 10 percent that will take effect as early as February. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Marcus Townsend, Senator for Community & Government Relations, SGA

February 9, 2020

It’s no secret that DePaul University is a commuter school – over 90 percent of us commute in some form. In fact, I’m sure many other students currently enrolled at DePaul could relate to my first year: commuting to campus from the suburbs three or four times a week to attend class, which costs a...

Page 29: Lower Metra fares for college students may be coming

Page 29: Lower Metra fares for college students may be coming

Hannah Mitchell and Shane René

February 6, 2020

On this week's episode of Page 29, The DePaulia gives a rundown of new legislation that may lower the cost of Metra fares for commuter students. Then, we chat with our sports editor about the men's basketball team's start to conference play and what that means for head coach Dave Leitao. https://soundcloud.com/page29/page-29-lower-metra-fares-for-chicago-college-students-may-be-coming

New bill proposes Metra fare discounts for college students starting in 2021

New bill proposes Metra fare discounts for college students starting in 2021

Jessica Grekowicz, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2020

A promising new bill has been proposed to the Illinois House of Representatives that would give a 50 percent discount on Metra fares to college students.  The bill, filed by Representative Barbara Hernandez under the code HB4217, calls to amend the current Regional Transportation Authority Act. It p...

Want wifi with that commute? Metra seeks input on new cars

June 2017 saw  a totla of 6,941,185 riders on all of Metra’s lines. However, overall ridership has been declining at a rate of almost 2 percent per year.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Associated Press

December 22, 2019

Metra is buying hundreds of new rail cars and wants passengers to weigh in on what amenities they'd like to see in them, from cup holders to power outlets, tray tables or wifi. The suburban Chicago commuter rail agency expects to spend almost $1.2 billion over the next five years to buy and rehab...

DePaul grad starts petition calling for discounted Metra tickets

June 2017 saw  a totla of 6,941,185 riders on all of Metra’s lines. However, overall ridership has been declining at a rate of almost 2 percent per year.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Dirce Toca

October 2, 2017

Metra fares are projected to increase for the fourth consecutive year and college students are calling for change. Read More »...

Metra’s price hikes leave commuters with empty wallets

Metra's price hikes leave commuters with empty wallets

Yazmin Dominguez

October 30, 2016

DePaul prides itself in being a commuter friendly school. According to DePaul’s commuter services, 90 percent of DePaul students commute or live off campus. For the majority of students, this means riding the CTA within city limit. But, for others, commuting means taking  Metra to Chicago from the suburbs every day. Rea...

Chugging along: DePaul commuter students face constant delays, rising costs and exhaustion

Commuters board a Union Pacific North Line Metra train toward Kenosha at the Clybourn stop. 82 percent of DePaul students are commuters, with many coming from the suburbs. (Grant Myatt / The DePaulia)

Jessica Villagomez

February 8, 2015

DePaul freshman Dennis Syvongsa wakes up at 7:30 a.m. to get to his 10:10 a.m. composition and rhetoric class. Syvongsa does not know what to expect from the weather, often layering on pairs of thick wool socks and fleece jackets to accommodate the ever-changing Chicago temperatures. He fills his backpack with all the materials he will need for his f...

Metra fare increase to affect commuter students

A Metra train leaves Downtown Chicago. The suburban rail division of the Regional Transportation Authority announced a fare increse of roughly 10 percent that will take effect as early as February. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Samantha Rivera

November 9, 2014

DePaul students who use Metra should expect to pony up as the commuter transit agency announced that it will increase its fares by an average of 10.8 percent as early as this February. Read More »...

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