The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) 2016 proposed budget does not include fare hikes or service cuts. However, the CTA is depending on Springfield, which is entrenched in its own budget battle, to come through with $221 million in funds for capital improvements. The transit agency had anticipated getting that state funding last year.
CTA's $1.47 billion budget proposal also counts on Gov. Bruce Rauner reversing his spending reductions to transit subsidies. Rauner recently slashed the subsidies, which are put toward free or discounted transportation costs for those with low incomes or disabilities, by 50 percent.
Overall, the CTA depends on the state for 20 percent of its operating budget.
"Significantly, the budget assumes the historic formulas for state funding to support CTA operations," the agency's spending plan reads. "Any reduction in state funding to the CTA would negatively impact the Authority."
Among other projects, the CTA's 2016 budget covers costs to restore express bus service on Chicago's Ashland and Western Avenues. Express service on those routes could start in December. The CTA is also planning to revamp the Quincy "L" station and improve its accessibility to customers with disabilities.