Last year, Pace Executive Director Rocky Donahue called the 2021 budget one of the “hardest” ever to draft.

But he characterized the 2022 version as “arguably the most positive annual budget I believe Pace has ever presented in the history of our organization.”

The $272.6 million fiscal plan raises spending by 13% above the estimated $240 million in 2021. It’s also 15% higher than the 2019 budget of $236 million.

And, the increase comes with farebox proceeds far below pre-COVID tallies. But an influx of federal COVID-19 relief funding is bolstering shaky revenues, as is the case with Metra.

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