This week I take a look at CTA in the news in 2009. Today, we review the first quarter of the year.
January: The month starts with a bang and a fare increase of
from 13% to 61%, depending on your rider
profile. And January ended with a vacancy at the top for the CTA, as Mayor
Ron Huberman from CTA chief to schools chief.
February: The CTA was salivating in early February over the
prospect of getting
federal stimulus funds to fix slow zones and buy buses. We also heard about
budget shortfalls for the first time this year. And this news led to finger-pointing
between the CTA and RTA. We also learned about 226 NABI
articulated buses being pulled off the streets. Near the end of February we
learned the CTA was in line for $283 million in federal stimulus funding. Richard
named the new CTA president. And the CTA announced Bus Tracker would
to service alerts. The shortest month was a busy news month.
March: The month opened with Republican legislators trying
to repeal free rides for seniors. We learned
the details on $240 million for the CTA in stimulus funding. The CTA floated
ideas on how to fill $80 million of it $155 million budget gap. My
post on the Guardian Angels "assault" on an alleged tagger garnered much
attention from commenters.