The CTA is gathering information via a rider survey about fare payment options it may have to put into place if ongoing negotiations with unions fail to fill the $80 million hole in this year's budget.
I received the survey last week. Below you see screen shots of various fare options on which the CTA sought rider input via the survey.
A new twist the CTA seems to be considering is to charge a rush-hour premium of 35 cents or 70 cents. The survey also asked about basic fares of $2.50, $3 and $3.50. Costs for transfers ranged from free to $1. The CTA survey also reintroduced the $2 bonus for every $20 put on a transit or Chicago Card. Prices for 30-day passes ranged from the current $86 to $107 to $150.
Certainly there are a wide variety of fare options under consideration. And financial analysts are crunching the numbers to determine how much more revenue such payment models would bring.