Say No to Mayor "Let Them
Drive!" and His Assault
on Working and Poor People!
Send a Letter to Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Forest
Claypool: We Demand No Rate Hikes!
Join the December 10
Protest to Stop
the Rate Hikes: 5 pm at CTA Headquarters (567 W. Lake)
(3) Twitter #LetThemDrive to
@RahmEmanuel. Let him know what you
think of the CTA rate hikes and his anti-people arrogance.
is the time. If we act together, we can stop the fare increases
in their tracks. CTA riders and their allies didn't cause the
"budget crisis." Workers and the poor shouldn't have to pay for
Emanuel, Mayor 1%, is at again. Attacking workers and the poor.
His administration is planning to raise 2013 rates on CTA passes
by as much as 74%!
proposal, drafted by CTA President Forest Claypool, CTA passes
will go up by ... 74% for the day pass (new price: $10); 43% for
the 3-day pass ($20); 22% for the 7-day pass ($28); and 16% for
the 30-day pass ($100). The day pass and 3-day pass, which are
used by the poorest riders, are set to increase the most!
extreme arrogance, the Mayor said that if people don't like the
fare hikes they can "choose to drive." Really?
29% of people in Chicago do not own cars. Due to the economic
hardships imposed on workers by the "Great Recession" and rising
prices, train ridership increased by 6% in 2011 and is at its
highest point since 1991--all despite drastic cuts to CTA routes
in recent years. The percentage of CTA riders that use passes:
People who buy CTA passes do so
because they rely on public transit. Emanuel's suggestion that
people can "choose to drive" is not just out of touch, it's
What does this all
really add up to? It all adds up to the simple fact that Mayor
Emanuel and CTA President Claypool want to force people who
can't afford the rate hikes
and have no other transportation options to either walk, starve
or stop paying their bills so they have the money to pay for
transit. The Mayor's administration is reaching into the pockets
of those who can least afford an increase in their regular
The CTA Budget Crisis is a Scam
At the same time we are being asked to pay more for public
services, 66 percent of corporations that do business in
Illinois pay no taxes. City Hall and Springfield hand out money
to Wall Street without even blinking. They handed over the
streets to Morgan Stanley when they sold the parking meters.
They want to hand over our schools to McDonald's, Wal-Mart and
There's no need to raise CTA rates. In December 2011, the state
legislature, which is ultimately responsible for funding the
CTA, passed $370 million in tax breaks for Sears and the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange because they threatened to leave the city
and the state. The legislature said the tax breaks would save
jobs. What did Sears do after the legislature forked over the
money? They turned around and laid off hundreds of workers.
Instead of paying extortion to wealthy corporations and
individuals, money should be used to fund the CTA and other
public services, including public education. The Sears/CME scam
is actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
more than enough money to fund transit for workers and the poor.
Illinois is a wealthy state in the wealthiest country in the
world. Government budget crises are the result of tax breaks for
the rich, government handouts to the corporations and the weight
of mandatory interest payments that governments make to the Big
The CTA "budget crisis" is a big lie being
promoted as reality--all so that the 1% can use the very real
economic crisis of capitalism to escalate the largest ever
transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top of society.
ANSWER Chicago and noCTAcuts.org are
encouraging people to use a variety of strategies to resist the
fare hikes. We will be assembling before the CTA budget hearing
on Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 pm outside CTA headquarters (567 W. Lake
St.) to protest the proposed rate hikes. The budget hearing
begins at 6 pm.
join us on the streets to stop the fare hikes.