The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Chicago’s Transit Fare Hikes

Dec 10, 2012

The Chicago Transit Authority just announced big fare increases that will especially hit people who use the city’s buses and trains to get to work every day. Monthly passes are going up from $86 to $100, and weekly passes from $23 to $28. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had the nerve to say that anyone who doesn’t like the higher costs can take their car. “Now you, as a commuter, will pick,” he said. “You can either drive to work or you can take public transportation.”

According to the CTA’s own survey, only about 41% of CTA riders even own a car. Most of the rest can’t afford one. When he got called on this ridiculous statement, Emanuel tried to backtrack–but everyone had already heard perfectly well how much he despises the low-paid workers who can’t afford cars. Guess what? The feeling is mutual!