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CTA Passes New Plan for Cuts

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The Chicago Transit Authority has passed its 2008 budget. Service cuts, fare hikes, and layoffs make up for a projected $158 million shortfall.

CTA Board Chairman Carole Brown spoke after the budget was approved.

BROWN: We implore Springfield and the general assembly and the leadership to take action this year, so we don’t actually have to execute on what was just decided.

Without new funding, the CTA will cut 81 bus routes, lay off 2400 employees and raise fares on January 20.

This marks the third ‘doomsday’ of service cuts the CTA has announced this year. The last two were averted with last-minute bail-outs. Top lawmakers in Springfield are discussing transit funding this week, and say they’re hopeful about reaching a solution before January.

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