Let the negotiations begin
Ron Huberman played his gambit in the CTA funding game Thursday, laying out plans for rail fare increases up to $3.25 and cuts in train routes (Evanston Express and the Yellow Line) and bus lines (any route without Sunday service).
(The RedEye notes that if you ride the train during rush hour and that fare increase went into effect, you would pa about $750 more a year.)
So now the ball is squarely in the Legislature's court.
On top of the fare increases and service cuts, 840 CTA jobs would be cut. And then there's the robbing Peter to pay Paul: The CTA would transfer $56.9 million in capital improvement funds to operations.
Ron Huberman was very matter-of-fact about his so-called "doomsday plan": "If we made no changes, the CTA would be out of service in October," he said.
A man's gotta do what he's gotta do.
In light of the release of this plan, what further questions would you like me to ask Huberman when I interview him?