Leaflet from the Fight or Walk campaign agitating for resistance to bus fare rises in Chicago.
DON'T BE FOOLED!
CTA FARES MAY STILL GO UP!
The CTA says it has a $55 million budget deficit, but the Illinois Legislature only approved $54 million for mass transit--of which the CTA will likely only get $47 million. The rest will go to Pace, the suburban bus agency.
The Legislature has given the CTA a green light to raise fares. According to State Rep. Julie Hamos, state legislators "won't be angry" if the CTA raises fares. "We will be angry if [CTA] goes ahead with service cuts."
The CTA will face about a $100 million budget deficit in 2006, which may mean massive service cuts next year, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
The CTA cares more about tourists and big business than the working class people who are the backbone of CTA riders. The agency is planning two new projects:
- a $2 billion train to circle downtown.
- "Block 37," a $213 million downtown super station where people can check their bags and take express trains to Midway or O'Hare airports. Whether it happens now or in a few months, CTA fares will likely go up and services will be cut unless we fight back.