CTA President Richard Rodriguez has been going on radio talk shows and appearing at L stations to warn riders about cuts to the bus and rail systems coming Feb. 7. To balance the budget, the agency plans to cut 9 express bus routes, cut hours on 41 bus routes, and reduce service frequency on rail lines. To avoid the cuts, the CTA wants its labor unions to give back pay raises.
CTA Chair Terry Peterson has been complaining about the unions not coming forward with concessions that can help avoid both the cuts and more than 1,000 layoffs. The unions, meanwhile, complain that the CTA hasn't responded to its suggestions. To hear more about the issue, check out Craig Dellamore's "At Issue" on WBBM-AM 780 at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Craig was kind enough to let me join him to fire some questions at the CTA heads.