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CTA Doomsday 2007

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CTA President Ron Huberman detailed the CTA's contingency plan to balance its budget without new state funding.

Some highlights:
- The CTA would get rid of the Yellow Line and Purple Line express routes, 63 bus routes and about 840 employees.
- The agency would also roll out a new fare structure that would cost commuters more for traveling during rush hour.

A summary of the proposed changes is on our website.

You can also read the CTA's press release here.


Do you agree with riders who think this is a bluff, or are you frantically writing letters to your legislators, begging them to save the city's public transit?

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Do you want our children to get a better education and our parents to get to work?
Why must you increase our fare and cut services in the public transportation system?
Using such actions will give our children a reason not to go to school. With the increase in dropouts where will our children end up? On the streets selling drugs or maybe even prostitution. How about jail or with no place to stay? What about our parents that have families that has to provide for their children? They don’t have the appropriate necessities of transportation to get where they have to go.

My name is Crystal Haggard and I live on the Southside on 112th and Laflin and I have to travel from home to Amundsen High School located on 5110 N. Damen it takes me almost two hours to get to school and I have to take the 112th. Bus to the 95th Red Line. Then take the Red Line to the stop Berwyn. Get off there and get on the 92 foster and take that to Damen. I have been doing this since my freshman year and it has been really tough. I tried to get into Morgan Park High School and they rejected me because I was a senior wanting to transfer so I have to finish my year here. There is no way I can get to school because all of my bus routes are cut. The buses you are cutting is being used by a lot of students including myself. I am asking you please take into consideration the actions and revise your decisions that you have forced upon us.


Thank You,
Crystal Haggard

What outrages me is Daley's seeming indifference to public transit. "It's a regional, not municipal, issue." What a load!!! Should his beloved Olympic bid win, how does he expect international tourists to get around? Many - most? - are accustomed to premier public transit. What a shock the CTA will be!

Daley has promised that International Olympic Committee that Chicago is good for $500 million, should corporate funding fail to pay for the games. Should the cuts/fare increases go into effect, I suggest that a petition be circulated and sent to the IOC, requesting them to pull Chicago's bid for consideration. Maybe that would get the Mayor's attention.

..as a greybeard, I would observe that the big beg has been going on since the city pushed out private ownership of the transit system in 1948,with the help of and the oversight of,the downstate-dominated Illinois Legislature(We don't want you Chicago boys to get all the goodies").
As it is, the fare, no matter what it's set at, is not even close to the cost of operating the system. Charge $5, and you'd have to kick in AT LEAST another $55 per passenger to realize the TRUE cost of operation. Private operators were pushed out long ago,by the "big thinkers" in governance,who, also long ago,figured the money pot that would assist their friends, relatives,and cronies, would never empty. Well the bottom is here, folks,and if you think the collar counties, not to mention downstate, gives two hoots about whether we get our mass transit ride,well, you have another think coming...

CTA would have to REALLY have to improve service to make any kind of fare hike or reduction in service any more than a joke to those riding regularly during rush hour. You would be hard pressed to find regular rush hour riders who believe that service could get much worse than it already is. Personally I would not mind a fare hike as much if I could: 1. Get to work in a reasonable amount of time, 2. Get a seat, or at least enough room to stand comfortably in an air conditioned bus or train. 3. Not have to worry about what filth is lurking in the black substance present on most of the seats.

$6.50 a day to wait an indefinate period of time for an over-crowded bus (sometimes two or three busses as sometimes they are too crowded to take on more passengers) for an 45 min to an hour commute which should take no more than 30 min tops with traffic? Yeah right. I've been riding the CTA since I was eight, but I'm more than tired of the abysmal service, filthy busses and trains and constant threats of reduced service. I like where I live but I'd rather move closer to the Metra (cleaner trains, MUCH faster and more reliable service), or move within walking distance to work. I keep hoping that an ambitious group of frustrated riders with CDLs will create a private bus service to shuttle commuters downtown at set times for reasonable prices. : )

The Purple Line express is a joke anyway. It is express in name only.

doomsday schmoomsday. today i saw a sign at the diversey sheffield el stop stipulating the following:

that the expansion is SPONSORED BY:
the FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION,
THE US DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION,
THE RTA, THE IL DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION-AND THAT IT IS A FEDERAL PROJECT. WITH A NUMBER FTA-FFGA. SO JUST QUIT WITH THE DOOMSDAY VICTIM SPIN. YOU WANNA RAISE FARES DON'T BLAME SOME NON-EXISTENT ENEMY WHO IS A PUBLISHED SPONSOR. SPONSOR EQUALS FUNDING. QUIT PLAYING ON THE EMOTIONS OF PEOPLE. THIS APPROACH IS SO TERRIBLY INSULTING. IT IS INFURIATING.

Typical CTA idiocy & crying wolf!
Take shutting down the entire Skokie line.
First, half of the line must be maintained at all times as it's the only way to the CTA's main shops on Oakton St.
Second, they just rebuilt the tracks & it's the only line that runs without delays. I take it regularly & it takes about 8 minutes to go from Howard to Dempster, sometimes even a minute or so less.
Third, there is so little service there in non-rush hours that it's pitiful.

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