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CTA calls for fare hikes, service cuts

The Chicago Transit Authority is proposing raising rapid transit fares from $2.25 to $3 next year and cutting the frequency of train service by about 10 percent.

That’s part of the system’s budget proposal released today.

The plan would maintain all rail lines, including Purple Line and Purple Line express service through Evanston.

The CTA is also proposing to trim the frequency of bus service by nearly 14 percent, but none of the bus lines proposed for major service reductions serve Evanston. Bus fares would rise from $2 to $2.50.

The CTA blames reduced tax revenue as a result of the recession for much of the budget shortfall that is leading to the proposed service cuts. It also says it plans to lay off nearly 1,100 CTA employees.

Related links

CTA budget news release

CTA budget document

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