A federally mandated analysis has verified something we all pretty much just assumed -- that low-income and minority customers were the most impacted by the CTA's recent increase in prices for passes.
A survey by the CTA found that minorities and poor people pay fares with cash or use one-day passes and seven-day passes at a higher rate than other CTA customers, according to the Tribune's Getting Around column (subscription required).
Percentage-wise, the price for shorter term passes, such as a seven-day pass, increased more than the 30-day pass -- 22 percent vs. 16 percent respectively. And the survey showed that 23 percent of low-income and 19 percent of minority riders buy seven-day passes, compared with 15 percent of CTA customers overall. Other results of the survey, from the Tribune column:
One-day passes are used by 11 percent of low-income CTA riders and 9 percent of minority riders, compared with 7 percent of riders overall, the results showed.
Conversely, low-income CTA customers account for 6 percent of 30-day pass purchases, compared with 12 percent for minority riders and 15 percent of overall customers, the review said.
Reduced-fare and free-rides passes are also used by minorities more than by all customers, according to the analysis.
"The analysis indicates that while the fare changes will affect minority and low-income populations, they will not cause a disparate impact on minority populations and disproportionate burden on low-income populations," the review said.