11/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Public Rips CTA Fare Hike

About 100 transit riders and advocates for the low-income and disabled turned out last night during the Chicago Transit Authority's public hearing on its proposed 2009 budget.

Many expressed disdain for the CTA's proposed fare hikes.

"Working people cannot pay this month for transit," said Mario Garcia, 21, a Pilsen resident who told the board he rides his bike rather than wait for buses that show up only sporadically on his route.

The $1.3 billion budget calls for an increase of at least 25 cents to ride the city's buses and trains in 2009, increases monthly passes to $90 and eliminates a 10 percent reduction for Chicago Card users.

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