CTA puts O'Hare fare increase on hold for some riders, OKs pass increases

The CTA board today decided to wait at least six months before charging a $5 fare for some worker/riders from the O’Hare Blue Line stop. They hope to come up with a way to exempt airport workers from paying 120% more than they do now.

According to a CTA news release, “the Board agreed that the CTA will work with the Chicago Department of Aviation to develop a system to exempt employees working on O’Hare International Airport property. Until that system is developed, the Board approved a temporary solution through July 1, 2013, that will exempt all riders using Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus cards from paying the full $5 fare, giving airport workers more options to avoid the surcharge that is intended primarily for visitors and infrequent users.”

Many O’Hare employees complained at recent budget public hearings about the big increase for those not using a pass. CTA will work with employers at O’Hare to encourage their employees who currently use magnetic strip pay-per-ride cards to sign up for Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus.

Meanwhile, the board decided to forge ahead with increases in the cost of various passes. Starting Jan. 14, these price changes go into effect for passes:

  • One-day pass from $5.75 to $10.
  • Three-day pass from $14 to $20.
  • Seven-day pass from $23 to $28.
  • 30-day pass from $86 to $100.
  • Metra Link-Up pass from $45 to $55.

The rest of the 2013 budget also was approved by the board.

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