Today's CTA story told how the agency has prevented further fare increases or service cuts this year, but can't rule it out for 2010 and 2011, depending on whether it can get more funding and/or find more fat to cut. No one likes a fare increase, but is one kind preferable to another?
Would people feel better about having higher fares at rush hour, as opposed to mid-day? How about the idea of charging more for zones farther away from the Loop (which would require exit turnstyles and other big infrastructure changes)? How about an increase in cash fares - which would encourage more people to get passes or Chicago Cards?
Is a fare increase always preferable to service cuts?