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Inside the RTA "doomsday" scenario

So, another doomsday is coming on January 20 for the RTA. Let’s say the state doesn’t intervene with money; what’s going to happen for Pace and Metra?

Metra says it will:

  • Raise fares 10% (according to “January 2008 Budget Shortfall Option A”), -or- raise fares by 5% and eliminate Sunday service (“Budget Shortfall Option B”)
  • Raise prices for weekend passes
  • Reduce janitorial positions; trains will be cleaned less frequently (great, now Metra will be as dirty as the El)
  • Eliminate 100 jobs
  • Enact additional 10% fare increases for the next two years

Pace says it will:

  • Increase fares
  • Eliminate weekend service
  • Eliminate Metra feeder routes (“Shuttle Bugs”)
  • Eliminate 27 routes

Let’s see how long it will take before the state money comes through and the doomsday snooze button is pressed, but the alarm is not turned off. This is, what, Round 3? How many times must the wolf huff and puff and threaten to blow the house down before someone fortifies the structure with brick?

Scott Kleinberg writes in his blog post, “Funding crisis numbing/dulling our senses?”:

Know what it will take for there to be a superhero in Springfield? Legislators who meet, vote and actually come up with a permanent solution to the transit funding crisis. “Finding” extra money to put it off temporarily only to see another Doomsday in two months isn’t acceptable in any way.

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