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CTA President Ron Huberman has been on the job close to six months now, and depending on what happens in Springfield this week, he may have to oversee massive service cuts and fare hikes on the CTA system.

Anything you're curious to ask him? Send me some questions, and I'll try to get them answered for you.

If you want more info on the new CTA fare structure and a map of the bus routes being cut, check out our website.

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I'd like to as Huberman to consider raising fares -- especially rush hour and cash fares -- before cutting service. Metra and other cities charge quite a lot more for service. As a result, they have better buses and trains which run more frequently and to more places.

The trains and buses -- even on the routes targeted to be cut -- are jam packed full of people. Isn't it economics 101 that if a resource is scarce, you charge more money for it until it is plentiful again? If they raised (c)rush hour fares by a dollar or two, do you think the trains would be a little less awfully cram-packed during rush hour? If they raised the fares to the point that they actually made an operating profit on some lines, that they would have some incentive to provide more service on those lines?

For each one of those popular lines that the CTA plans to cut. Think about whether most of the riders on that line would have been willing to pay another dollar or two if it would keep the line around. Given the alternatives, I'm really sure that the vast majority of them would gladly pay an extra buck if it would save them a half-hour or more commute each day. Why should the CTA deny people that choice before they decide to cut the service?

It just doesn't seem right...

THANKS FOR ADDING MY COMMENT, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE FACT THAT A MONTHLY BUS PASS COSTS PEOPLE 80.00 DOLLARS....POOR MANAGEMENT AND I'LL REST AT THAT

I LEFT A COMMENT HEAR YESTERDAY BASICALLY SAYING HOW FROM TALKING TO EVERYONE I KNOW THIS IS NOT SPRINGFIELDS PROBLEM AND ABOUT THE MIS-MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING. AND TOLD OF A HORRIBLE SIGHT I HAD SEEN YOU HAD ASKED ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ASK HIM I WANTED TO ASK HIM WHAT HE THOUGHT OF THAT INCIDENT. YOU DELETED MY COMMENT AND PUT A MR. HARRY BELAFONTE WHO SAID ALMOST THE SIMILAR THING. THIS BLOG IS PHONEY AS THE THREE DOLLAR BILL THEY WANT TO CHARGE FOR THE FARE NOW THERE GETTING MONEY THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY WANT IT. I'M GLAD I DRIVE NOW JUST LETTING YOU KNOW I CHECK BACK ON BLOGS

Why doesn't he start cutting costs by firing those responsible for incompetence such as faking repairs, bus bunching, and so on? And going through the bureaucracy at the headquarters and getting rid of the unnecessary as well as the incompetent.

I'm sure the answer would be "it's difficult." Guess what, life is full of difficult things to do. Make the sacrifices of the magnitude that you expect the average commuter to take.

None of you think that $1.75 for 3.5 mile transit ride is ridiculously cheap? I definitely agree that there is significant mismanagement but also believe that the fares are too low. I saw an escalator repair at the Washington Street exit on the Blue Line that took three months to complete with CTA personnel. Three months! Today I also noticed a CTA armored car going to what I can only assume was a cash pick up. Couldn't these activities be outsourced?

Why are you asking for yet another handout from working people? If you want communism, move to Cuba. CTA needs to be privatized or shut down; it should not have one single penny of tax dollars.

How is it that there is such an incredible accounting error? How do 4 federal, state and local entities begin a project of such magnitude with such erroneous accounting. it is not a very credible scenario and i am really tired of the insult to our collective intelligences. doomsday schmoomsday. by the looks of things (blue line track catastrophe) it looks like there exists an incredible black hole of oversights. the whole situation is unspeakably shameful.

Will the service cuts be in the form of the elimination of certain bus routes? Or will there also be a reduction in the remaining routes? Can we expect longer intervals at the bus stops, even during morning and evening rush hours?

This doomsday talk is baloney, like everything connected with Ron Huberman. Look at the routes being cut - mostly underused express routes and a few with PACE alternatives. The CTA wants higher fares but does not cut the fat in the budget - all those folks at central headquarters who have very little to do. If some of those folks at the Lake/Desplaines building were told to put in a full day's work for a full day's pay by spending days washing buses or cleaning the interiors of trains or assisting riders waiting for late trains or monitoring caravans of late buses so that the drivers stay on schedule, then I would say THAT was doomsday. It would be doomsday because that means SOMETHING froze over... and it will never happen no matter how high Huberman and Browne raise the fares.

President Huberman:

Why did you wait so long to engage the riders/customers to lobby their elected representatives?

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