The RTA Tax Hikers’ Mythical “Universal Pass” Promise

Since 1974 when Downtown Chicago business interests financed the referendum to impose taxes on the suburbs to subsidize the CTA, promises have been made that there would be a “Universal Pass.”

If something was promised 38 years ago and has not been delivered yet, why would anyone believe that the “powers that be” want people to have a more or less seamless public transportation system?

The answer is pretty obvious.

It is not in the self-interest of the “players” to have one.

May 29, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times said RTA Chairman John Gates thinks a universal mass transit pass might be available if the CTA, RTA and Pace were combined. That would, of course, give Chicago complete control of the operation.

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