CTA Fare Hikes and Route Cuts.

CTA Fare Hikes and Cuts.

After failing to receive sufficient state funding again, CTA has announced that they will lay off 600 employees, raise transportation fares, and cut 39 bus routes by November 4, 2007 (pushed back from its original September 17 date). The CTA threatens that these cuts are only a precursor to even deeper cuts that will occur in January unless they receive the necessary funds. While this stands to be quite an inconvenience, especially for those trying to travel to and from the Southside (essentially all of the express routes except the #2 and #6 are being cut), alternative routes and measures can be taken (use alternative routes, make friends with the Metra, carpool, etc).

Here’s the scoop on fare increases:
Fares for the bus will rise from $1.75 to $2.00 when using Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus or Transit Card and from $2.00 to $2.50 when paying with cash.

Fares for the trains will rise to $2.00 when using Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus and to $2.50 off-peak and $3.00 peak when using Transit Cards or cash. Peak periods are considered to be 6:30-9:30AM and 4:00-7:00PM on weekdays.

Transfers will continue to be 25 cents when you use Transit Cards or Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus.

Here’s the scoop on the eliminated routes:

X3 King Drive Express
X4 Cottage Grove Express
17 Westchester
19 United Center Express
X20 Washington/Madison Express
X28 Stony Island Express
X49 Western Express
53AL South Pulaski Limited
X54 Cicero Express
54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd
X55 Garfield Express
55A 55th/Austin
55N 55th/Narragansett
56A North Milwaukee
62H Archer/Harlem
64 Foster/Canfield
69 Cumberland/East River
X80 Irving Park Express
85A North Central
86 Narragansett/Ridgeland
90N North Harlem
93 California/Dodge
96 Lunt
120 Ogilvie/Wacker Express
121 Union/Wacker Express
122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express
123 Illinois Center/Union Express
125 Water Tower Express
127 Madison/Roosevelt Circulator
129 West Loop/South Loop
130 Grant Park Treasures
134 Stockton/LaSalle Express
135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express
143 Stockton/Michigan Express
144 Marine/Michigan Express
157 Streeterville
165 West 65th
200 Main Shuttle
205 Chicago/Golf

To see CTA’s recommendation for route alternatives visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/news/whatsnew2.wu?action=displaynewspostingdetail&articleid=118707

CTA insists that they are still working with the State to eliminate these and future cuts. Visit http://www.savechicagolandtransit.com/ if you are interested in voicing your opinion and/or signing a petition against CTA cuts and fare raises. This site is also extremely informative when it comes to CTA and Metra updates and the different measures commuters can take to raise awareness and aid in the growing public transportation problem in Chicago.

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