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Fare hikes coming? Budget cuts may cost CTA millions

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

State budget cuts could force you to pay more for your rides to work, if you take public transportation.

The CTA, Metra and Pace are all face the possibility of losing millions of dollars in funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

There are no plans yet, but fare hikes are a real possibility for anyone who takes public transportation.

These programs will be impacted this year and possibly into 2014. About 50% of the budget that was allocated has been eliminated - $34 million down to $17 million from IDOT.

The changes will affect people with low income, senior citizens and students who benefit from some of these programs that are funded by the state.

The CTA and RTA says the money they are losing is used to pay for bus drivers and some fuel.

Currently, the programs are talking about how they are going to rework their budgets – they are not talking about fare increases yet.

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