Only $2.4 million of the $27.3 million the fare hike would generate next year would go toward the purchase of new rolling stock. The rest would plug holes in the 2015 operating budget, including almost $20 million in increased wages and benefits. Metra’s operating expenses are going up 6.4 percent, well above the rate of inflation.

via Your Metra fare hike will not go to new trains – Chicago Tribune.