A Fare Demonstration in a Chicago Corridor

by Kenneth Cypra,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Urban Transportation with Limited Resources


In response to various factors, a fare and transfer demonstration encompassing commuter rail and bus services in a major Chicago corridor was designed and implemented in early 1982. Experience to date has included a 50% increase in commuter rail ridership, a break even position with respect to commuter rail revenue, and better utilization of rail facilities and equipment. While the demonstration does not yet have permanent tenure, it can be judged a moderate success and has led the way toward consideration of other fare experiments in the Chicago area.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Fares | Commute | Transportation management | Transportation corridors | Equipment and machinery | Urban and regional development | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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