Did Mayor Rahm Emanuel really say that about the increase in CTA passes coming on Jan. 14? Why, I believe he did.
Rahm, like CTA President Forrest Claypool, are sticking to the party line that fares are not going up, even though the 55% of commuters who buy weekly and monthly passes will see 22 percent and 16 percent increases, respectively. The pols keep saying - truthfully - that the base fare is staying the same. I just wish they would also note more than half of commuters will pay more - and say why.
“Fares stayed the same. Basic fares stayed the same, which you cannot say about gas prices,” the mayor said at a press conference today.
But to me, that's not the worst thing he said. Emanuel said "commuters can 'make that choice' about whether to drive or take buses and trains."
I truly hope he was joshing us, because very few commuters really CAN make that choice. Emanuel knows parking a car in the Loop alone is out of reach of many Chicagoans. So they most certainly will NOT make that choice. At this writing, my informal, unscientific click poll shows that 65 percent support the increase in price for weekly and monthly passes.
Thus, most commuters will almost gladly pay a few dollars more a month for that pass.
So really Mr. Mayor, can't you just say that?