The spineless state legislators refused to even let the free rides repeal bill out of committee, so the CTA is now just over three months away. While the $25 million that might have been saved had the free rides law been repealed would not have solved the budget problems, the failure to act sent a message from legislators that they would not be helping the CTA this year.
The CTA board is set to vote Nov. 12 on the 2010 budget, with its service cuts and fare hikes.
And this week the last two public hearings on the budget are set for 6 pm Monday at Lane Tech High School, and 6 pm Tuesday at the South Shore Cultural Center.
The Tattler spouts off on the radio. The good folks at Outside the Loop radio invited me back late last week to talk about free rides for seniors, the fare hike and Apple's move to adopt the North/Clybourn subway station.