The Regional Transportation Authority Friday approved a proposal from Governor Blagojevich to take money from next year’s transit appropriation to pay the bills this fall.

The plan, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, gives the governor and lawmakers in Springfield another seven weeks to try to work out a funding compromise that’s eluded them for the past nine months.

But it also means that if no agreement is reached, come Nov. 4 the cuts will have to be even more severe than those that had been scheduled to go into effect Sunday.

CTA Chief Ron Huberman, in an e-mail message to Chicago Card holders, said, “Tell our state leaders: ‘No More Doomsdays. Fix Mass Transit,’” urging them to visit the CTA website for information on how to contact the legislators.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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