11/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Public Transit Nation's Most Expensive: Survey

A transit watchdog group says Chicagoans pay more to ride public transit than residents of other major cities, and that proposed 2009 fare increases would further burden riders dependent on the system for travel.

Citizens Taking Action, an advocacy group for transit-dependent riders, conducted an "informal" study of transit costs in several urban areas, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles, among others. The group calculated a national average for basic rides and weekly and monthly passes and found Chicago Transit Authority rates are among the most costly in the nation.

The study found the nationwide average for a basic fare is $1.53, compared CTA's rate of $1.75 per bus ride or $2 for the El. Weekday passes nationwide average $17.80 and monthly passes average $58.43, while the CTA charges $24 for a weekly pass and $75 for a monthly pass.

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