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The issue arose at the last minute over language in the CTA's five-year capital improvement plan that concerned "a large faction" of RTA board members, said RTA chairman John Gates Jr.
Some suburban members of the RTA board questioned whether the CTA made clear the payback process it planned to follow on $555 million in bond debt service in 2013 and a total of $1 billion over five years, said Jordan Matyas, RTA chief of staff.
The board members were worried that the CTA's payment obligation could possibly fall to the RTA, and potentially to Metra and Pace.
Attorneys worked on new wording in budget documents in an attempt to resolve the differences, but 4 1/2 hours into the meeting no agreement was reached and the board meeting was adjourned.
Claypool left the building out a side door to avoid reporters.
Gates said it was unclear whether the RTA budget would be passed by year's end.
An impasse would have no immediate impact on transit services, he said, but funding for 2013 would be affected if the issue remained unresolved by about February, Gates said.