25-cent fare hike?
At the first public hearing Thursday on the CTA budget, the CTA board asked staff (reg. req.) to go back and look at how a 25-cent fare increase might reduce the need for service cuts.
Personally, I'd pay a quarter more to keep bus lines open and overnight service on the Red and Blue lines. Remember, before last year, the basic fare hadn't been increased for 12 years. New York and Philly riders pay two bucks.
A Tribune editorial also has an intriguing idea for a new way to charge for rides:
"The CTA needs a system that can charge riders according to how far they travel, as the Metra commuter rail does. A ride from O'Hare to the Loop should cost more than a ride downtown from the Near North Side. The CTA should charge more for rush-hour rides than it does for other times, so it captures higher fares from those who can afford them--those who are working--and gives a break to those who have the option to travel at earlier or later times."
Some commenters here have pushed for higher rush hour fares. What do you think?