CTA pushes hefty fare hikes for passes
Proposal affects more than half of all riders; base full fare will remain the same
November 21, 2012|By Jon Hilkevitch, Chicago Tribune reporter
The CTA plans hefty fare hikes for daily, three-day, seven-day and 30-day passes in mid-January, which will affect more than half of all riders on buses and trains, under a proposed 2013 budget announced Tuesday.
The transit agency also increased the fare for the Blue Line from O'Hare International Airport. Single-ride fares from the airport will more than double, to $5 from $2.25, under the $1.39 billion budget that CTA President Forrest Claypool proposed. Fares to O'Hare will not change.
The CTA's base full fare, however, will be frozen in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, officials said.
In addition to all categories of passes increasing in cost by double-digit percentages next year, the single-ride reduced fare for seniors and disabled people, as well as the 30-day reduced-fare pass, will also increase, according to the budget recommendations. ..................(more)