CTA fare hike coming. But not for those that use Chicago Card

-Purple Line rush-hour service to the Loop
-54 bus routes including most express routes
-2,000 CTA employees
-Transfers to customers paying cash.
-10 percent bonus for Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus customers who put $10 on their car (it will be offered for every $20 added to card instead)
-85 cent fare for seniors, students, disabled (going up to $1.00)
-Transfers for seniors, students, disabled

-For those using passes, the reduced fare will remain 85 cents for customers using cards, and transfers will still cost 15 cents. Prices for reduced fare passes, which allow unlimited transfers, will remain the same.
-The fare hike will not apply to customers using passes, Chicago Cards and Chicago Card Plus and bus customers using Transit Cards

-68% increase in wait times

Soooo… Go get a chicago card if you haven’t already. To encourage riders to obtain the cards, the CTA will waive the $5 purchase fee through July 31.

Add 68% onto your current wait time.

2 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on April 14th, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    Damn, this sucks. I read they were getting rid of the Grand Ave. bus line. I’ve taken that bus for years and so do hundreds of other people every day. I’ll be forced in the winter to walk to the Chicago Ave line which is ALREADY overcrowded. Now its just gonna suck. What did we as the public do to deserve this? Who is to blame for this mess? What multi-million dollar CTA “project” didn’t need to happen? Why isn’t someone being dragged out and beaten for this? They will cripple the city and especially the low wage workers who commute the most, what the hell were they thinking. Rod, please save us.

  2. rob (unregistered) on April 14th, 2005 @ 2:20 pm

    I think they know the state is going to at least partially bail them out so when only half of these cuts hit we’ll be okay with it.

    Dragging out and beating sounds good to me.

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