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CTA public meeting

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On Wednesday night, over 100 people showed up at CTA headquarters to discuss the transit agency's proposed fare hikes. Many speakers protested the hikes as unfair in these harsh economic times. Said Brian Zeid of Rogers Park: "It's a hard situation -- a 20 percent increase. If we'd all see 20 percent increases at our jobs, we'd be in great shape." Several speakers objected to the elimination of the bonus for using the Chicago Card.

The Civic Federation's Lawrence Msall offered his support for the CTA's "fiscally responsible" 2009 spending plan. The federation, a non-partisan research group, noted that the CTA faces a $42.2 million deficit as a result of higher fuel costs, lower tax revenues and Gov. Rod Blagojevich's "ill-considered" senior free ride program. The federation supports the proposed 25 cent and 50 cent bus and rail fare increases as a "necessary and appropriate way" to offset rising costs. Msall also praised the CTA's decision not to cut service, and expressed concern about the ongoing lack of state capital funding.

The CTA board will vote on the plan Nov. 12

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I did not hear anyone mention the fact that as of last month some disable person not ride with, if they get something called a circuit breaker. In supporting the CTA raising fares for everyone else this should have been mentioned because this happened less than a three weeks ago, and now everyone else has to pay how does the CTA justify this one? The Civic Federation's Lawrence, did you have this information or do any research before joining the team as a mascot? Have you seen the new purchases and employee hired by the indigent CTA I just with in the last few weeks rode a bus with a trainee they are hiring and at the same time saying they have to lay off people. I hope that not the case, if so all of the people that left a job to come and work for the CTA made a bad choice and have been hood-winked. The question is if there is no money were do the toys come from Santa?

Are you really complaining about a quarter increase? Chicagoans need to understand the difference between taking a bus, and driving a car. There is no where in the city you could go for $2.25 in a car between paying for your own gas and parking fees. Just remember, without this SLIGHT fare increase, 600 CTA employees are going to be fired. Trust me, this is not the drivers that everyone complains about. These are the hardworking trades that make the system run everyday. Mechanics, electricians, iron workers, and so on, are the people that are getting fired. So remember when you are complaining about 25 cents, there are 600 men and women that will not be able to feed their families and pay their mortgages!

If your that upset then DRIVE A CAR, pay for your own gas, and be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for parking anywhere in the city!

Ken
Southside

IF THEY TAKE AWAY OUR CHICAGO CARD BONUS, THEN THEY BETTER GIVE US SOMETHING(S) IN RETURN.

FIRST THEN CAN REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF WHEN THEY WITHDRAW FUNDS FROM OUR ACCOUNT. (TODAY FOR EXAMPLE; ONCE YOU "GIVE THEM," $20 AND WITH STILL $10 LEFT ON YOUR ACCOUNT, THEY TAKE OUT ANOTHER $20! THAT'S NOW $30 OF OUR MONEY THEY HAVE GARNERING INTEREST.
PLEASE WAIT TILL OUR BALANCE GOES DOWN TO $4.

SECOND, OPEN UP THE TRANSFER TIME FROM 2 HRS (FOR UP TO 3 TRIPS) TO 4-5 HRS (FOR UP TO 4 TRIPS).
AFTER ALL, WE ARE GIVING THEM MONEY IN ADVANCE FOR SERVICES NOT YET RENDERED. (IT'S LIKE PRE-PAYING MACY'S FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT THAT ONE WOULD ONLY PURCHASE IN DECEMBER!)

THIRD. MAKE THE DRIVERS ACCOUNTABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN SCHEDULES! WHEN ONE CALLS 836-7000 FOR ROUTE INFO, THEY TELL US THE BUS SHOULD BE AT THE STOP AT SUCH-AND-SUCH A TIME.
HOW DO THOSE PEOPLE ON THE PHONE KNOW THE TIME SCHEDULES AND THE DRIVERS NOT? (OR JUST DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THEM ... BOMBING DOWN THE ROAD SOMETIMES AT 60+ MPH).

PLUS, HOW CAN TWO BUSES LEAVE THE SAME "TERMINAL" or (TURN-AROUND POINT) AT THE EXACT SAME TIME?
BUS-BUNCHING CAN BE ELIMINATED AT LEAST FOR 85% OF THE TIME IF DISIPLINE IS MET. SOMETIMES IT HURTS, BUT SOMETIMES IT'S NEEDED TO GET THOSE IMPORTANT MESSAGES ACROSS.

SUPERVISORS NEED TO BE STATIONED AT THOSE "TERMINALS"(or TURN-AROUND POINTS) SO THEY CAN MONITOR THE BUS DEPARTURES - ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS A VALID REASON THEY CAN STOP ONE AND GET IT RESCHEDULED NOT RESCHEDULE BUSES HALF-WAY DOWN THE LINE.

HERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF LACK OF COMMUNICATION AND THIS HAS GONE ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS ...

IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN EVENT AT SOLDIER FIELD, ROOSEVELT ROAD - EAST BOUND - IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.
MEANING THE SOUTH BOUND #3 KING DRIVE BUS, CANNOT TURN EAST ON ROOSEVELT (THEN HEAD SOUTH PAST MAYOR DALEY'S HOUSE ON INDIANA) TO THEN LATER RESUME THE ROUTE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE AT 16TH STREET.

THERE IS NO REASON TO STOP THAT BUS FROM HEADING EAST (THEN TURNING JUST ONE BLOCK LATER) AFTER BEARS GAMES. EVEN WHEN THE MARATHON TAKES PLACE, THE BUS RUNS! WHY NOT AFTER A BEARS GAME?

BUT BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TO THOSE TRAFFIC PEOPLE AND THE CTA BUS DRIVERS, THE #3 KING DRIVE BUS (CAN'T AND WON'T) TURN EAST ON ROOSEVELT FOR SOMETIMES UP TO 2 HOURS AFTER A BEARS GAME WHEN EVERYONE IS LONG SINCE HOME.
MEANING, FOR EVERYONE WAITING AT THAT ROOSEVELT STOP (AND ALONG INDIANA) THEY END UP WAITIING "FOREVER" BECAUSE THE SEE THE #12 ROOSEVELT BUS GOING EAST ALL THE WAY TO THE MUSEUM!

THIS IS JUST A LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SUPERVISORS, THE CTA DRIVERS, AND OF THE COURSE THE CITY TRAFFIC PEOPLE. (WHAT ELSE IS NEW).

PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER BEFORE ISSUING INCREASED FEES!

SINCERELY,
PETER
BROZNEVILLE

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