Folks, it's not over yet.
Yes, the CTA board on Thursday adopted a 2010 budget with no fare hikes
and service cuts. But we haven't heard the last from the board on this
The CTA still has almost three months to find about $100 million to
avoid all the service cuts. Granted, the CTA probably won't find enough
to avoid ALL service cuts, but I'm convinced they will keep working to
find more cash. Hell, they found $1 million earlier this week just by
asking vendors to cut contract costs by 4 percent.
So there still may be hope for that 49X Western express bus, Martha.
Weekend work. The big news is there is NO weekend work on the Blue Line. That's because the big work is happening in the Loop as the CTA improves the signals on the elevated line. Meanwhile, on the Red Line, northbound trains will bypass Morse and Jarvis from 10 pm Friday till 6 pm Sunday