CHICAGO (CBS) — It was suggested that low turnout at the most recent CTA fare hike public meeting was due to lack of publicity.

The 2013 CTA budget calls for fare hikes for daily, three day, seven day and 30 day passes effective Jan. 14.

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The single ride reduced fare for seniors and the disabled, as well as the 30 day reduced fare also would increase. The CTA’s base full fare will not rise under the budget, except for single rides from O’Hare which will jump to $5.

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To pay for some service increases to reduce overcrowding, the CTA would cut 12 bus routes, shorten 2 others and eliminate 9 privately contracted CTA routes if subsidies aren’t increased.

The public is urged to offer feedback at hearings at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at CTA headquarters at 567 Lake and 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Westinghouse College Prep on West Franklin.

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