Residents will pay slightly more to use McHenry County’s dial-a-ride program next year as a fare increase is set to go into effect Jan. 2.
Fares on the MCRide transit service will increase for general riders in Crystal Lake and McHenry by 25 cents to $2 from $1.75 for the first 5 miles of their trip. Seniors and residents with disabilities will pay 15 cents more, or $1 instead of 85 cents for the first 5 miles.
Each additional mile for all riders after 5 miles now will cost an additional 25 cents.
“Compared to surrounding counties with similar programs, we are still on the low end of the cost structure,” said Scott Hennings, transportation planner with the McHenry County Division of Transportation. “We don’t anticipate any financial hardships for riders with this increase.”
MCRide service was established in 2012 to merge transit services between Crystal Lake, McHenry and Woodstock. It also allows riders to coordinate trip reservations with the McHenry Township Senior Express.
As part of the merger, two fare increases were planned to bring fares for trips in Crystal Lake and McHenry up to what is paid in Woodstock and equal to the fares for trips between communities.
The first fare adjustment occurred in 2012, and the most recent increase is the second – and final – planned adjustment.
The MCRide service area includes Crystal Lake, McHenry and Woodstock, as well as Dorr, Greenwood and McHenry townships.
“The whole program itself was meant to consolidate the four different services into one,” Hennings said. “We want to make sure the fares are uniform.”
For information, call 815-334-4985 or visit www.co.mchenry.il.us.