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Transit rally Tuesday: Say "no" to service delays, fare increases and over-crowding!

While the CTA and Metra are considering fare hikes and service cuts for their 2012 budgets, our legislators in DC are considering massive cuts to funding for public transit.

/Our transit agencies are already having a hard enough time maintaining stations and keeping buses and trains running. If federal funding cuts are implemented, transit riders can expect even more service delays, fare increases and over-crowding.

The House and Senate last week approved a six-month extension of funding for transit, walking and biking. But the debate starts now on a longer term transportation bill.

Considering a proposal out of the House earlier this summer to slash funding 35 percent across the board, we know we have a challenging debate ahead of us.

Transit advocates across the country will be joining together tomorrow for a Don’t X Out Public Transportation Rally to send the message to Congress that we need to increase investment in transit. Our elected leaders have put transit on the back-burner for long enough!

Join Transportation for America-Illinois, Riders for Better Transit and other local transit partners at the Chicago rally tomorrow:

Don’t X Out Public Transportation Rally
4 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Union Station, 251 N. Clinton St., Chicago, Illinois 60661 (In the Great Hall)