And I'm totally ok with that promise. For a monthly pass, I currently pay $75 for unlimited rides/transfers/etc. on all CTA buses and subways/el trains. That is a bargain in and of itself! I don't own a car, so it's quite a savings not to have insurance, gas, and repair expenses every month.
Now that same unlimited monthly pass is going up to...get ready...$86 a month. Huh? I don't even consider that a significant increase! I'm ecstatic over it! People are bitching about it nonetheless. You can never keep some people happy, that's all. Now single rides are going up to $2 for the bus, and $2.25 for the subway. I think we can stomach another 25 cents, people! Especially since there hasn't been a fare increase since 2006, and that one wasn't significant, either. The truth is, you can still get anywhere in the City for a measly $2.25 and that's a hell of a deal.
The only other benefit to having the fare increase is that MAYBE, just MAYBE it will cut down on all the tourists and crazies in my walking path on, say, Michigan Avenue. I really highly doubt it, but one can hope, right? Maybe prevent scenes like this from happening:
Actually, I lied. Tourism is a huge contributor to our City's economy, and I wouldn't want to give that up for the world! I love sharing with others who don't live here. But can we at least put them through some basic training on how to walk down the street in a straight line, how to read a map, and how to use a transit card machine?
What Joe Ricketts Really Meant
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