I approve of the proposed increase in price for CTA passes.
I know that may not be a popular stance, judging from some comments here. But here's why.
- The CTA hasn't had a fare increase since 2009. And yet it has greatly improved the rider experience. Just a few examples: Additional safety with cameras at every rail station; cleaned up stations under the Station Renewal Program; seven rehabbed stations on the north end of the Red Line, to name just three.
- The CTA promises not to raise fares again through at least 2015. By then that would mean just one increase in six years.
- Increasing the price for those who buy passes is the right demographic group to do that for. Tourists won't mind paying more for the one- and three-day passes. Those buying monthly passes probably are employed and should be OK with the 16 percent increase -- especially since the fare has been the same since 2009. I'm a bit more concerned about those buying weekly passes, as they may be lower wage earners. But they might be better off paying by the ride. Check my analysis to see.
What do you think? You can voice your opinion at two public hearings:
6 p.m. Monday, December 10
567 W. Lake St. – 2nd Floor
6 p.m. Monday, December 17
Westinghouse College Prep
3223 W. Franklin Blvd. – Auditorium
And, you can tell us in this simple poll.