CTA to vote on contingency plan implementation
The Chicago Transit Authority is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a budget that will hike some El fares to $3.25, while eliminating 63 bus routes, Purple Line express service and the Yellow Line.
The budget, which will go into effect in September, will also cut 1,024 jobs and double bus transfer prices to 50 cents.
The moves are designed to deal with a shortfall in state funding. The Illinois General Assembly has not yet voted on its budget, and its unclear whether legislators will approve $110 million in CTA funding.
CTA President Ron Huberman said in a press release: "While there is no way to cut nearly $100 million from our budget without impacting riders, this plan is the least drastic of the options available to us," said Huberman.