Letter from CTA President Ron Huberman
Dear CTA Customer:
On November 4th -- less than one week from today -- the CTA will be forced to cut service and
raise fares as a result of insufficient state funding. All of us at the CTA understand the hardship
that these service cuts and fare increases will cause you. We do not want to make these cuts, and we
have been fighting for funding to avoid making them.
I ask that you take the time to prepare for next week's commute. If you currently use service that
will be eliminated, go online to transitchicago.com, or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA, to identify
alternative service options. Try to use this alternative service at least once this week so you are
familiar with it.
We are asking all of our customers to avoid the rush hour whenever possible by leaving early or
late. With the reduction in bus service, we anticipate greater crowds on remaining buses and trains
as customers seek different ways to get to work. Customers should expect longer travel times.
This is a crucial time to contact the Governor and your state legislators to tell them how
important mass transit is to you. The Illinois General Assembly still has not acted to pass legislation
that would guarantee the CTA's fiscal health and ensure that there are no more "doomsdays." Without
action from the General Assembly, the CTA is required by law to balance its budget, forcing these
service cuts and fare increases. Visit transitchicago.com, or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA, for
information on how you can easily send a message to your state legislators.
With your support, we are hopeful that we will finally get a long-term solution to the CTA's
funding shortfalls and put future "doomsdays" to rest. If the State enacts pending legislation before
November 4th, the service cuts and fare increases will not go into effect.