A U.S. Senate committee is currently considering a bill that could provide funds to restore about $100 million in service cuts made by the CTA in February.
From a Transportation for America press release:
The Public Transportation Preservation Act would provide $2 billion in emergency assistance for operating expenses necessary to restore a major reduction in transit service and to hold off future fare increases due to decreased state or local funding that occurred on or after January 1, 2009. Funding would be distributed through existing formulas. The Act will help transit agencies avoid or minimize future service reduction and fare increases that are being contemplated through the end of FY 2011.
A laid-off CTA bus driver asked me to spread the word on how to write your senators and urge them to support the bill.
I sure hope it passes, but I’m doubtful, since the Senate no longer has a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority of Democrats. You would think Republicans would see the wisdom in keeping adequate levels of funding for public transit. But if it’s going to add to the deficit, forget it.