Chicago Transit Authority ridership went up to 530 million boardings last year, reaching its highest ridership level since 1991.Rail ridership grew by 5.2 percent compared to an increase of 1.4 percent in bus usage.
Some union leaders are speaking out against the Chicago Transit Authority's new budget.On Tuesday, the CTA Board approved the agency's $1.24 billion budget proposal. The new budget avoids fare hikes or service cuts, but only if the CTA can get work rule concessions from labor unions.
The Chicago City Council was scheduled to vote on the 2012 budget Wednesday but first, the Chicago Transit Authority board was to vote on its own budget Tuesday; but not without contention. CTA President Forrest Claypool has said unions' outdated work rules needed to go.
The Chicago Transit Authority's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agency's $1.24 billion proposed budget on Tuesday.Under the proposed budget, CTA President Forrest Claypool hopes to close the agency's $277 million deficit next year and avoid fare hikes or service cuts in large part by
Unionized Chicago Transit Authority employees could face losing their free ride passes.CTA President Forrest Claypool said on Tuesday that ending free rides is one money-saving option the agency is looking at in its upcoming union contract negotiations, which he said will help fill the agency's $277