Study: Funding needed to prevent transit meltdown

Despite fare hikes on CTA and Metra, a new study says billions more is needed to fix a transit system that is becoming unreliable.

Nearly two thirds of all people who work downtown take the train or bus.  More and more of those trips include delays because of infrastructure problems.

A new DePaul study says if we don’t come up with billions of dollars, the aging system will be unreliable.  And that, they say, will cause a major transit meltdown.

The study shows the system is crumbling.  Locomotives, rail cars and busses need to be replaced, bridges need to be fixed, switches and slow zones need to be fixed and delays need to be minimized. And without a viable CTA, Metra or Pace, the Chicago area faces a decline in property values and job creation and creates a negative impact on Chicago’s global identity.

The study’s supporters say lawmakers need to pass a 10 year plan that funnels $2 billion dollars a year into public transit.

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