Center Square is one of the most transit-friendly neighborhoods in the city (have you seen our Walk Score?) so changes to Chicago Transit Authority spending have a big impact on us.
Recently the CTA announced their planned 2011 budget, along with their plans for accepting public comments. You can download a copy of the $1.33 billion budget (big PDF!), review a paper copy at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, or you can get a paper copy of your own at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street.
The CTA is proposing a $66 million increase over the 2010 budget, which included a fare increase and lots of route cuts (including the X49 Western Bus) and over 1,000 CTA layoffs. The 2010 final budget was also a decrease over the 2009 budget, due to a decrease in state funds. The Civic Federation, a budget watchdog group, enthusiastically endorsed last year’s proposed budget.
You can tell CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez your thoughts on the budget in person by going to their regional public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 6 p.m. at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue or email your written comments to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.