CHICAGO — The Regional Transportation Authority of Illinois board last week approved a $2.3 billion operating budget for 2011 that taps capital funds to cover operating costs as the agency waits for its share of local sales tax revenue to recover from the recession.

"The ongoing economic recession has continued to adversely impact our transit funding for the last three years, but despite the ongoing crisis, a fiscally responsible budget has been approved," said the agency's new executive director, Joseph Costello.

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