Interesting...the CTA's proposed 2006 budget has a higher price for rail than for bus.
Check out page 48 of the CTA's budget here.
The fare for rail will be $2.00 and the fare for bus will be $1.75.
And yet....electricity which powers the rail is generated in Illinois while oil which powers the buses is generated in Saudi Arabia.
I'm sure it's more expensive to run the El than a bus, since the City pays to maintain the streets while the CTA pays for to maintain the rail and the stations and the station attendants. But it would be smart if public policy can reward power that generates wealth in the U.S. instead of power that generates wealth (and power) in other countries -- especially those that have been tight with our enemies.