UPDATE: Here’s the report on this suit from Chicago Breaking News.
A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the “funding and provision of public transportation” was slated to be filed later today, say attorneys for the plaintiffs.
The following is straight from the media alert. More to come later from CTA Tattler and Chicago Breaking News.
African American and Latino CTA riders will file a class action lawsuit today alleging that an Illinois transit funding scheme enacted in 1983, and renewed in 2008, funnels a disproportionate share of capital and operating funding to Metra, resulting in wide service disparities between whites and minority riders. Over the last 26 years, funding inequities have caused the CTA to increase fares and cut services, resulting in reduced access to much needed transit services, less employment opportunities, and lower property values in predominantly minority neighborhoods. Metra riders are 70% white, while CTA riders are 67% African American and Hispanic.