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CTA Holds Line on Base Fares, Increases Pass Costs


    CTA base fares will not increase in 2013, but pass prices will go up--and fares from O'Hare International Airport will more than double in cost--under a $1.39 billion budget announced today.

    The 30-day pass will increase to $100, from $86 currently.

    Seven-day passes will rise to $28 from $23: 3-day passes will increase to $20 from $14: and 1-day passes will almost double, to $10 from $5.75.

    The CTA will also boost fares to $5 on Blue Line trains departing O'Hare International Airport. The $2.75 surcharge will be applied to single-ride tickets, CTA president Forrest Claypool said. Customers who use monthly passes, Chicago Cards set up as monthly passes, 1-day, 3-day and 7-day passes will be exempt, as will reduced-fare riders.

    The spending plan was unveiled a day after the transit agency and the union representing more than 7,000 bus and rail employees signed a tentative agreement for a new four-year labor contract. The old contract expired in 2011.

    The labor deal gives the CTA some of the work rule changes it sought to reduce expenses, from overtime pay policies to preventive health care measures.

    In exchange for that flexibility, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union will receive annual salary increases and be required to work fewer swing shifts that prolong the work day, among other benefits, officials said.



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