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Should the CTA be free? Why not?

Should the CTA be free? Why not?

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  • I love the idea of free transit in Chicago and everywhere else. I don’t see how it works, but I love it. Like so many other things, the cost of public transit in American cities has increased but wages have not. We’ve reached an absurdity point where access to public transit requires a meaningful percentage

    I love the idea of free transit in Chicago and everywhere else. I don’t see how it works, but I love it. Like so many other things, the cost of public transit in American cities has increased but wages have not. We’ve reached an absurdity point where access to public transit requires a meaningful percentage of one’s annual income, especially for low income customers. Like so many other things, this is unsustainable. What’s the solution? I fear it will not be immediate free access to public transportation. Free healthcare? Free college? These are some free things that were hot button issues during the previous Presidential Primary season. I fully supported both of them. That being said, aside from properly taxing the wealthy, I couldn’t quite ascertain how to effectively fund them. How do we do it? We would need to fundamentally rethink our societal structure and common sense communal value systems. How do we become a kinder, gentler, caring, more prosperous society while still sustaining our identity as a capitalist nation? I wholly believe it’s possible. I also believe, at this time, self centered-ness is desperately fighting to survive as the rule of the day. It’s losing the battle. We’re not going to see free public transit today, but it’s coming America. Be patient.

  • To answer the headline: No and very simply, because nothing is free.

    It's pointless to make a proposal like that, regardless of how well intended, without offering some organized, thoughtful funding plan(s). This is one of the few areas I believe private/public partnerships are appropriate and effective

    To answer the headline: No and very simply, because nothing is free.

    It's pointless to make a proposal like that, regardless of how well intended, without offering some organized, thoughtful funding plan(s). This is one of the few areas I believe private/public partnerships are appropriate and effective. Businesses which offer transit passes to employees as an alternative to parking spaces are definitely an avenue for increasing ridership-revenue-reputation. Getting city bus service to extend to the suburbs is also helpful.

    The primary problem with mass transit is safety and cleanliness. I actually think smaller electric vehicles are a better means of "mass" transit. Give the vehicles a more comfortable feel, let people of all demographics feel safe and welcome, and invest the effort into keeping up the appearance, and ridership will improve.

    Specifically to this article, it's incredibly disheartening to read that anyone is spending more than 10% of their income in transportation and it would be nice to see a sliding scale implemented for those people who are already using the service. The city could add a very small increase to some tourist tax to fund the change.

  • Yes I believe that the CTA should be free especially in areas where poverty is high. The CTA is considered this gross bug that should be squished by people that can afford cars, and I find this stereotyping disgraceful. If public transportation was free, it would be highly accessible to everyone and

    Yes I believe that the CTA should be free especially in areas where poverty is high. The CTA is considered this gross bug that should be squished by people that can afford cars, and I find this stereotyping disgraceful. If public transportation was free, it would be highly accessible to everyone and would benefit low income areas. Jobs would be accessible to everyone, including the disabled. I'm not sure how funding works, but a system definitely needs to be created. Maybe taxes or a donation fund or something. Free transportation would be very beneficial in cities as well as small towns.