The Cost of a Commute

Tight budgets are cramping public transportation across the country

San Francisco residents got a shock earlier this month when transit authorities proposed raising fares on the city's cable cars this fall from $3 to $5, to help close a $57 million budget deficit. Tight budgets are cramping public transportation in cities across the country. A look at how transit fares are faring. --By Jeninne Lee-St. John with bureau reports

SAN FRANCISCO Fare-hike proponents say mostly tourists use cable cars, but with visitors and locals complaining of the proposed "Disneyland prices," the city is scrambling for other options

CHICAGO A $55 million budget gap has transit officials debating doomsday scenarios for...

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