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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Seeking transit rider stories for Fair Fares Chicagoland

Have you ever faced challenges affording the costs of transit? If so, we want to hear your story.

The Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a new campaign to create a discounted fare for low-income transit riders in the Chicagoland region within the Regional Transit Authority. As of 2019, a monthly CTA pass costs $105. If a transit rider makes under $20,000 a year, 6 percent or more of their yearly income would go toward CTA transit costs.

To further understand the potential affordability challenges transit riders may face, we will be interviewing riders about their experiences. We plan to release a report on Fair Fares in the fall that will include some of these stories.

We are also distributing a survey to gather more data about the experiences of residents with lower-income navigating the transit system. If you or someone you know have experiences to share, please take the survey.

If you would like to speak to us further about your experiences, email Lynda Lopez, Fair Fares Organizer, at lynda@activetrans.org,