Gov. Pat Quinn drew a line in the sand Thursday. From the Tribune Clout St. blog:
"We need a commitment, not only from CTA, but Metra and Pace that they
are going to have a moratorium on any fare increases for the next year
or two," Quinn said. "I think it's important to make that clear. I
think the people of northeastern Illinois need to be able to get to
work and get to school and get to where they need to go without having
to pay more."
The legislature is working on rescinding free rides for seniors, but that's certainly not enough. So, the Trib reports, "lawmakers also are considering a provision to temporarily increase the
amount of money the Regional Transportation Authority can borrow to pay
for operating costs. The RTA's short-term borrowing authority would
increase from $100 million to $400 million."
As I've said all along, the proposed budget is just the opening gambit. Hold on to your hats, it could be a wild ride.