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So are we “doomed” or not?

RTA Doomsday ’08 is six days away, and here’s where we are so far:

Metra is still going to raise fares by 10%.

Governor Blagojevich wants a provisions so that senior citizens can ride public transit for free. He’s now added a provision that the disabled have to ride for free too. If this passes, somebody will have to pay for these “free” rides, which could mean a fare increase for everybody else. What’s with all of the, ahem, roadblocks to passage of a transit funding bill? What next?

Stay tuned on Monday to see what, if any, progress is made towards resolution of this funding debacle.

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  1. kilax says:

    I don’t understand why we are giving away free fare if we are in such a budget crisis. I am not saying that because I think they shouldn’t get free fare, I just DON’T understand it!

  2. lcmotorist says:

    Kilax, I agree with you. The money has to come from somewhere. Even if the funding is approved (and the tax increase enacted to support this funding), the CTA may need to raise fares for paying riders in order to support the “free” rides for others. Someone’s gotta pay, pay, pay.

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