November 7, 2018
The Civic Federation supports the Chicago Transit Authority’s proposed FY2019 operating budget of $1.6 billion. Despite continued shortfalls in state funding, the proposed budget does not include any fare increases or service cuts.
While supporting the budget as a reasonable one-year plan, the Federation has significant concerns about the CTA’s ongoing decline in overall ridership and a lack of state funding.
Among other recommendations, the Civic Federation encourages the CTA explore a peak-hour-based fare structure and increased fares for express bus service as a method of generating increased revenue during a time of declining overall ridership but increasing rush-hour ridership.