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4/1/2005



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CTA lobbies for state funds



The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is continuing its quest to obtain additional state funding. Yesterday, the authority presented five core principles for regional transit solutions to community members, business leaders and the state general assembly, and called for more public transit funding in northeastern Illinois.

The principles state that public transit is an essential regional resource, and the northeastern Illinois region needs more operating and capital funding; no transit service should gain at the expense of others; a healthy transit system curbs traffic congestion and pollution while improving mobility, economic competitiveness and quality of life; funding should keep pace with steadily increasing demands on transit; and future funding solutions should reflect the spirit of bipartisanship and regional consensus.

"Regional public transit is in a crisis," said CTA Chair Carole Brown in a prepared statement. "Without additional public transit funding, CTA will have to make drastic changes to services that will affect everyone in the region."

The authority currently is evaluating options to alleviate operating costs and balance its budget in case the state does not approve increased funding. On April 7, CTA will hold a public hearing to gather comments on proposed fare increases and service cuts.



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