An RTA study released Thursday predicts that by 2030 free rides for seniors and the disabled will cost the CTA, Pace and Metra more than $1 billion.
And a Republican lawmaker, State Rep. Suzie Bassi from Palatine, has promised to reintroduce a proposal to restrict free rides to low-income seniors.
From the Daily Herald report: "RTA leaders said they supported a system where free rides for seniors
would be triggered by the $22,200 per person income level. Revising the
rides policy could generate an estimated $37 million extra a year for
the CTA, Metra and Pace."
This is good news. But folks, this year those changes won't save a whole lot of money. We still need the unions to come to the table. But at least it's a start.
Incidentally, Illinois' top atheist and fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Rob Sherman, has a different opinion -- he thinks we should keep the free rides. Read his take here.
Tattler Pub Crawl Saturday. Don't forget to join us Saturday afternoon for the first CTA Tattler Pub Crawl. See this post for all the details. I want to show all the ChicagoNow bloggers and editors that the Tattler has a great following, so please help me do that.
The first stop is Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden. Look for me wearing a ChicagoNow T-shirt and for others wearing buttons and stickers. And I will buy the first drink for anyone who shows up at Sheffield's.
So be there! I want to meet y'all.