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The clock is ticking

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There's still not much happening in Springfield on the transit funding front, which increases the likelihood that the CTA and Pace will be forced to cut service and raise fares this weekend.

What, if anything, have you done to prepare for doomsday?

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During the past three months, I don't remember hearing ONE CTA rider discuss November; I didn't hear of ONE meeting in Springfield to fix this problem. We all just sat on our butts and ate corn chips until a week before Armageddon.

Posted by: Bobby K. | October 31, 2007 06:16 PM

Very Succinct Observation Mr. Bobby K. -- though I have been to the dog and pony meetings for the public to give an opinion, NOT ENOUGH people are there and use their minutes for thoughtful, poignant feet holding to the fire of top officials.

Letter writing and calling was the ONLY WAY TO GET stubborn elected officials to REALIZE who the TRUE BOSSES are. That would be their constituents who hired them via the vote, so it shouldn't be that hard for them to listen. WE DIDN'T - as a collective mass of voters - make our VOICES & Displeasures heard loud enough. NOW WE PAY!...sigh

This posting was actually an e-mail that I sent to the Mothers Against Drink Driving (M.A.D.D) organization a few weeks ago, but I didn’t get a response. I’m thinking of sending a similar e-mail to Governor Blagojevich’s office. Do you think I make a valid point?

I don’t know if the MADD organization would be interested in getting involved in the fight to save mass transit in Chicago Illinois. Many people have already pointed out that the issues of keeping mass transit affordable and accessible include it’s accommodating the poor and elderly as well as the disabled (of which I am a member), and the impact it will have on the environment if more pollution spewing cars are on the road, but I think it’s also a question of health and safety. I have on occasion been on a CTA bus or train an observed another passenger consuming alcohol. Two instances that stand out were once when I watched an elderly man drink from a generic bottle of mouthwash on a bus and prior to this I watched a young man sit at the back of a bus sipping from a can of beer. With the young man, he was coughing it up! The beer was actually making him wretch but he keep on drinking it! On both occasions I was disgusted but looking back I am somewhat RELIVED that these two people and others similar to them that I encountered were on a bus (or train) and NOT driving themselves. I believe that if public transportation becomes more expensive and inaccessible that many of these people will resort to DRIVING THEMSELVES. If the idea occurs to you that they may not have cars of their own (that’s why they were riding the bus), that’s not an unreasonable argument. However, I think it’s just as reasonable to assume that if the option of hopping on a bus (while having their morning beer or wine or whatever) is no longer viable, that it’s just as reasonable to think they would resort to barrowing someone else’s car. Ask Judge Judith Sheindlin (or as she is known to her fans “Judge Judy”) how many “idiots” she’s aware of who have voluntarily loaned their car to someone whom they knew (or suspected) was drinking or drunk. I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong, but I really don’t think I am. Let me know what you think.

Martin Jones.

I don't know if they are bluffing or not, but I hope "dommsday" happens.

It makes me laugh when I think about the first doomsday in August(mostly because I don't ride CTA or drive in the City). Everything was going to end, and then we got an extension. During the past three months, I don't remember hearing ONE CTA rider discuss November; I didn't hear of ONE meeting in Springfield to fix this problem. We all just sat on our butts and ate corn chips until a week before Armageddon.

As someone who walks to work and only uses the CTA occasionally on weekends, I think these fare hikes and routes being cut are funny. Just as I think the high gas prices that people who drive to work have to pay is also funny.

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