Report: Fee to pay for new CTA station, bus routes

October 14, 2011 4:52:37 AM PDT
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed budget includes a $2 congestion fee on cars that would reportedly pay for new express bus routes and a Green Line rail station.

The proposed budget benefits those taking public transportation with improvements paid for by motorists.

The downtown parking fee would pay for express bus lane and a new Green Line station at McCormick Place to help convention goers move to downtown hotspots, like Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, according to a Sun-Times report. The express routes would use lights that turn green when a bus approaches.

Everything would be running by 2014.

The Chicago Tribune reported that more than 180,000 drivers will pay $60 more for city stickers if their vehicle weighs more than 4,000 pounds.