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Transit Riders Sound Off on Planned Fare Hikes

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The Chicago Transit Authority this evening is holding its only public hearing on proposed fare increases. The CTA wants to hike the price of most bus and rail rides by $0.25. That’s in response to rising costs and declining tax revenue.

We asked bus riders in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood how the fare hikes would affect their transit habits.

RIDER 1: It really don’t because I gotta deal with it. I mean, I don’t have a car right now, so I gotta just deal with it, suck it up, make room for it.
RIDER 2: I’m definitely in the market for a bicycle, for sure. I already can’t see the fare hikes justified with all the construction and the random trains stopping for nonsense.
RIDER 3: As long as they don’t cut service, you know, then I’m okay.

Those were bus riders explaining how a proposed CTA fare increase would affect their transit habits. The hearing starts this evening at 6 at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St. The CTA board is scheduled to vote on the budget November 12.

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