CTA fare hike means higher price for passes as student fare goes down

January 14, 2013 9:17:10 AM PST
A new CTA fare structure goes into effect Monday. CTA base fares remain unchanged, but the price for passes is going up.

The majority of riders now will pay more to get around.

A few examples: the cost of a one-day pass will jump the most from $5.75 to $10, up about 74 percent. Also, a three-day pass will increase by $6-- from $14 to $20-- and a seven-day pass will increase by $5 to a new price of $28.

There is some good news though. The reduced fares for students goes down from 85 cents to 75 cents during school hours.

This is the first CTA fare hike in roughly four years. The increase will mean approximately $55 million more for the cash-strapped transit agency.

Regardless, many riders simply are not happy about it.

"You've got to get around. Either way, you're going to have to pay. It's a shame, but you've got to do what you got to do," commuter Destiny Amons said.

Most riders say they are upset about the fact that the 30-day pass will increase from $86 to $100.

CTA officials say times are hard, the agency needs the money and that the increase puts CTA more in line with other transit systems around the country.

For more information on fare changes, visit www.transitchicago.com/farechanges/