Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on April 7, 1977 · Page 10
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Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 10

Chicago, Illinois
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Thursday, April 7, 1977
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Economist Newspapers, Wednesday, April S, 1977 RTA eyes $316 million for trains 5-year plan aim: $91.8 million for suburb buses By ED KOZIARSKI The Regional Transportation authority will distribute $91.8 million in subsidies to suburban bus lines between 197S and 1982, according to a five-year program announced this week. the five-year plan also calls for $316,3 million in subsidies to commuter railroads, and $1 billion for the Chicago Transit authority (CTA) The five-year plan calls tor over $1 billion in additional expenditures for capital improvements, including $38.9 million for suburban bus service, $253.8 million for commuter train service and 1691 million for the CTA. The plan calls for purchase of 239 new buses for suburban tines, at a cost of $21,8 million, with 168 of the buses earmarked for new or expanded bus routes. An additional $3.6 million In subsidies would pay for additional bus routes in suburban Cook county Whether the program will be adopted was in doubt Tuesday, however. The RTA board of directors balked at approving the five-year plan Monday, when suburban members said the plan provides too little for the suburbs. Board members also -were disturbed by a projected deficit which would triple between 1978 and 1982 under existing RTA revenue sources. If the five-year program were undertaken without a change in the sources of funding for the RTA, the total deficit over the five-year period would exceed $623 million. Total operating expenditures over die period are projected at $1.7 billion. The board refused Monday to approve public hearings on the five-year plan, according to RTA spokesperson Lollie McKeon. "The board won't approve the documents for hearings," Ms. McKeon said. "They've asked the staff * I ' ; SUBURBAN BUSES rSubsidy I Capital Imp. ! COMMUTER RR ·Subsidy ' Capital Imp. ,CTA ;Subsldy .^Capital Imp. 78 $12.5 18.1 42.1 47.6 117.0 222.2 » $15.1 14.2 51.8 59.7 142.7 85.1 81 $18.0 2-1.8 62.3 42.8 169.5 244.8 81 $21.3 9.8 73.8 51.8 138.7 67.5 82 $24.9 24.9 86.3 52.0 231.1 71.3 5 yr. total (millions) $91.8 88.9. 316.3 253.8 1,008.0 691.0 Legion program presented Commander Henry Taylor of the 8th district of the county Council of the American Legion will present the program, "The American Legion Today," Saturday, Anrir 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p m iat Lincoln Mall, located at^Cteero and Route 30 In Matleson. All veterans of Cook county and the surrounding area are invited to come. Representatives from both the Veterans' Administration in Chicago and the state of Illinois' Veterans' commission will be m attendance to answer questions and assist veterans. The officers of the Department of Illinois, Cook county council, and 8th district will be on hand to present the American Legion programs. * Named Crusade chairman Veroon Wiggenbauser has accepted the position of Bui-bank 1977 Crusade chairman for the American Cancer society. Wiggenhauser is employed by the Burbank state bank as cashier, treasurer of the Oak Lawn- Borbank Kiwanis club and director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. The goal for the Burbank anji is R5». Honey raised by the American Cancer society are used for research, education, and service and retiaUlitatim. Gondesa del Map for Fine Dining on Easter Sunday in our Coffee Shop and in our Main Dining Rooms Reservations Invited 995-1000 371-7000 FEASTS FM TOE FAMILY Steve Gianakas and his staff wish you and yours the Happiest of Easters CICERO AVE. at I22nd ST. WJJsendaGood TorTou lowjwet '% SJopsn and well se Of SETitf sn £ 3;ler 1 tn ihe same bast-el ot one o ( ov" oih FLOWERS by BARTLE 12755 S. 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At the same time, the board decided to ask the state legislature to create a new funding source and abolish ali the RTA's existing sources of funds. The RTA proposal asks the state to allow the authority to levy a 1 per cent sales lax/Such a tax would generate enough revenue to wipe out projected deficits throughout the life of the five-year plan. The five-year plan also shows that a 1 per cent income tax on RTA residents would accomplish the same result.-and in'fact would generate about $300 million per year in additional revenue beyond expected expenditures. A 5 per cent RTA utility tax would fall just short of offsetting the projected deficits. Ms. McKeon noted that the RTA lacks the authority to levy sales, income or utility however. Those taxes are listed in the five-year plan only as -"alternative funding sources," she said. Authority to levy the'taxes would have to come from the state legislature. Other highlights of the RTA five-year plan relating to the suburbs Include: _ · Installation of 250 miles of new tracks for commuter railroads, $407 million, in- cluding 13.2 miles of rail for the Rock Island railroad, to make possible train speeds oNo to 80 m.p.h. · Purchase of 3» new and 41 rehabilitated commuter locomotives, $53 million. · Purchase of 178 new and 481 rehabilitated com- muter cars, $1M million. - · Construction of three new suburban bus garages and rehabilitation of another, $50 million. Chart shows operating subsidies and capital improvement programs during the RTA's five-year plan, bro- ken down by suburban but lines, commuter railroads and CTA. Capital improvement programs are expected to be financed 80 per cent by the federal government, 14 per cent by the state and 6 per cent by the RTA. 10:30 AM To 3P.M. with Champagne at lasti'S CHARIOT ROOM I 11915 S. Western Av«. 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