We are holding our breath waiting for the CTA to announce its 2013 budget. Are more service cuts or fare increases coming our way?
The CTA recently decided to cut a number of routes because it was the only way it could afford to add service on overcrowded buses and trains. In 2010, CTA cut bus service 18 percent and train service 9 percent. CTA train fares have increased 80 percent since 1990 – but in that same time the state gas tax hasn’t increased one penny.
Metra has already announced a 2013 budget that leaves more fare increases on the table for next year. Metra just raised fares 25-30 percent earlier this year.
Every year it seems transit riders in Chicagoland get less transit service for our money. Service cuts and fare increases have become a regular tradition, making it more difficult and more expensive to get around. Transit in our region needs to stop moving backwards. Tell your elected leaders it’s time to stop the cuts and invest in moving transit forward!