The City of Chicago's contribution to the CTA goes beyond $3 million
Myself and others have questioned why the City of Chicago funds the CTA with just $3 million in direct aid. So I put that question to CTA President Ron Huberman, and this was his reply:
"On the City contribution, a couple of points. First, we should address the misperception that CTA is a city entity only. Although the CTA is called the Chicago Transit Authority, the agency is a regional transit system that serves 40 suburbs, in addition to the city of Chicago. CTA provides 81 percent of the public transit trips in the six-county region either with direct service or connecting service to Metra and Pace. The CTA also provides nearly half of all trips that have a suburban component.
"The City of Chicago helps fund CTA operations and provides much needed funding for capital improvements. In fact, it is the only municipality that directly funds the CTA. In addition to an annual contribution of $3 million, the City of Chicago pays more than $20 million annually to fund the Chicago Police Department’s Public Transportation Section, which provides security for a large part of the CTA system.
"The CTA has also generous support from the City of Chicago in restoring its facilities. Since 1989, the City has invested about $850 million in CTA infrastructure projects, including building the Orange Line and renovating many stations in the Loop."