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Could Transit Fares Jump Again Next Year?

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Fare hikes kick-in for Chicago Transit Authority passengers, and for Pace bus riders today. And there’s no guarantee they won’t get hit with another bump next year.

Most Chicago Transit Authority passengers will now have to pay about $0.25 more per ride. CTA President Ron Huberman says that’s necessary because of falling sales tax revenue, coupled with rising costs.

Pressed by reporters about whether the agency will seek another fare hike...

HUBERMAN: I can tell you right now as we project, certainly it’s difficult to know as the economy’s an unknown, but we certainly are hopeful we’ll not have to come back to our customers anytime soon.

That message is echoed by Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot. He says it’s way too early to know what’s going to happen in the next year.

Pace raised fares $0.25 to $0.50 per ride for its suburban buses. That increase does not affect the agency’s service for riders with disabilities.

I’m Sam Hudzik, Chicago Public Radio.

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