Most CTA riders will pay more starting Monday; one-day pass up 74%
By ROSALIND ROSSI Transportation Reporteremail@example.com January 13, 2013 2:21PM
Passengers on the CTA Brown Line use their electronic devices while riding the trains in Chicago on April 30, 2012. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:18AM
The majority of CTA riders will be digging deeper into their pockets Monday as the transit agency increases the price of fare passes for the first time in four years.
The one-day Chicago Transit Authority pass will jump the most: up 74 percent, from $5.75 to $10.
The three-day pass will rise from $14 to $20; the seven-day from $23 to $28, and the 30-day from $86 to $100.
The good news is that student fare permits will drop from 85 cents to 75 cents. Base fares will remain the same, and impoverished seniors and disabled who qualify for the state’s Circuit Breaker program will see no increase.
But other seniors and disabled will face steeper costs for transit: Their 30-day reduced pass will shoot up 43 percent, from $35 to $50.
Coins alone will no longer cover a one-way senior fare. Most seniors will need $1 to ride the bus one way and $1.10 to take an elevated, both up from 85 cents.
Seniors who like football also will have to pay more to have the CTA deliver them to Soldier Field. The No. 128 Soldier Field Express reduced fare is jumping from $1 round-trip to $2.50 — a 150 percent hike. For others, the round-trip fare will cost $5.
Tourists taking the Blue Line from O’Hare will be paying $5 one way, up more than 120 percent, from $2.25. However, anyone using a Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus will be spared that hike for six months until the CTA figures out how to exempt O’Hare workers from the new price increase.
CTA officials expect to reap just over $55 million more from the new pricing schedule.
They say the 30-day pass is still $2 lower than in 1995 and insist new pass prices will bring Chicago more in line with other big cities. Some 55 percent of CTA riders use passes, the transit agency says.
“Given how much the costs of other modes of transportation have been increasing, the CTA remains one of the best values in the region,’’ according to the CTA’s latest budget documents.