Transit Fight is Heating Up

Since Governor Rauner announced his budget proposal in February, Access Living and other groups have been fighting against proposed cuts, stressing the importance of preserving community supports. Transit is one service among many facing debilitating cuts by the Governor.

Below is a message from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy, Amber Smock, about the Transit Cuts.


The fight for Cook County public transit and paratransit is really heating up! The RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace have all announced that they would be forced to possibly increase fares, and for mainline transit (buses and trains) there would be service cuts. SO MANY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES rely on these forms of transit in Cook County because we do not own cars and/or we cannot afford more expensive transit.

I have updated yesterday’s action alert to cover all the transit systems mentioned above. Please use this link to take action . If you took action yesterday, do it again because the letter has been updated. Share with your friends and family!

The Chicago Tribune has now done an article on the issue at this link. The Chicago Sun Times also carries a story today on the transit budget cuts at this link.

It is so important for our state legislators to hear from their constituents. Those of you who have been reading Access Living’s action alerts have been doing such a great job of emailing your legislators. Did you know that you have sent literally thousands of emails to your legislators thus far this session? Way to go Illinois!

Now let’s do it again today for transportation!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living