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RTA To Weigh Money-Saving Consolidations Of CTA, Metra, Pace Operations

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority is floating a proposal he says could save taxpayers as much as $150 million a year.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, a Chicago Sun-Times report says RTA chairman John Gates is suggesting accomplishing the savings by combining some operations of the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace – including purchasing, personnel, marketing and maintenance.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports

Currently, the agencies each have their own staff, administrative personnel, and headquarters, the Sun-Times pointed out.

Also under the plan, the CTA and Pace would consolidate some of their routes. There would also be along with enhanced coordination of fares among the three agencies, including a universal fare card, the Sun-Times reported.

Currently, only the Link Up Pass works for paying fares on all three agencies’ buses and trains, the Sun-Times reported.

Cuts to administrative jobs are also advised.

The Sun-Times says Gates has outlined his proposals in a memo that will be discussed at the RTA board meeting Wednesday.

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