So really, how bad is your commute after cuts?

We're now in Day Three of the CTA services cuts. And we've endured at least one full work day of greater intervals between buses and trains.

So how did it go yesterday and today? This is an open thread to hear from y'all.

Personally, I didn't really notice any difference. But my commute is just one Red Line train fairly early in the rush hour. How about you folks who have to transfer and use buses?

For instance, my wife previously used the X80 Irving Park, which was one of the nine express bus routes eliminated. She said her commute was "teeth-grittingly irritating." She had to wait longer for the 80, and then endure stops at nearly every block. Her total commute -- from Cicero to the Red Line at Sheridan -- was about 20 minutes longer than usual. it usually takes her about 55 minutes on the bus and then the Red Line, but Monday it was an hour and 15 minutes.

Others?

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  • Honestly, I didn't notice a difference. I use the Brown Line from Rockwell to Belmont and then transfer to the Red Line to Monroe, which takes about 35 minutes. Sometimes, before the cuts, both lines would be totally full of people standing, but yesterday I got seats on both, which almost never happens. Perhaps a lot of people drove and it'll get bad in the next couple weeks? I can't imagine we just didn't need all those extra trains.

  • I ride the Irving Park 80. Yesterday afternoon was great! Instead of waiting 15 minutes and watching two to four x80s go by (usually pretty empty too!), 80's were coming avery 6 minutes or so.

    Morning's not so good. There used to be a West-bound that get to the Metra at 6:13, just right for the 6:17 Metra train. now that 6:13 is 6:18, just past the train; the only connection get to the 6:17 Metra gets there at 6:03. Other bus train connections are even worse. It's like they carefully scheduled the buses to not connect with Metra!

  • My own commute, described as fairly easy when I wrote this post last night, was much tougher this morning. And that no doubt was because of the snow.

    I waited a little longer today for the Red Line to arrive at Morse, but no longer than previously. The car I boarded had the usual smattering of passengers.

    But as the train slogged south, taking a bit longer for signals to change getting into stations, the crowds grew.

    By the time we got to Belmont we were at capacity and not everyone could board, leaving some wind- and snow-whipped passengers stranded on the platform.

    But I'll withhold final judgment on the impact of cuts till the weather is not so severe.

    As an aside, the operator announced at every stop: "Attention passengers, please do not attempt to board. The doors are closing."

    But he was saying that because he had to, not to curtail late boarding. I mean after all, he said it immediately after opening the doors, before anyone even had a chance to board.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    That's funny about the announcements. They used to routinely say "the doors are closing" at the same moment they opened the doors, so nobody would take it seriously. The new announcement was apparently meant to correct this. Now they've gone back to saying it when they don't mean it. We need a new rule that they have to give people at least, I dunno, 5 seconds to board? And maybe they should start counting after whoever is getting off gets off first!

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Nope. No problems. Just about the same as it has always been.

  • Honestly, it's fine. As usual everybody overhypes everything. If anything, with everybody "getting fed up with the CTA" and seeking alternative means, I finally got a seat TO and FROM work on the Brown line. Works for me.

  • I take the brown line from Paulina to Belmont. Monday and Tuesday I've tried to catch a Redline but the wait is longer. I catch another very crowded Brownline instead. This sucks.
    Salary of Ron Huberman, CTA President, $198,000.
    Get a real job and stop asking taxpayers to pay. Instead of cutting service cut your salary.

  • In reply to themavf14d:

    Uhh, you do realize Rob Huberman hasn't been CTA President for over a year now, right? That would be Richard Rodriguez.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    Did you realize his name was RON Huberman?

  • In reply to painhertz:

    Jim Huberman, Elbert Rodriguez, whatever. :-)

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    I've noticed in general that over the past couple months all train operators have begun consistently saying, "do not attempt to board the trains" before closing the doors. It must have been some directive from the top.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    No issue so far. Today there was no Red to connect to, but that often happens in snow so I just stay on the Brown and walk the extra blocks downtown.
    Today instead of the "doors closing" announcement we got "can we do the squeeze, get some people on this train?" Made me (and several people around me) smile.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    Sounds like the loss of the X routes is the worst. I told 'ya so. I'd rather they got rid of the locals than the X routes. Or maybe create a compromise that stops every 1/4 mile instead of every 1/8.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    Sounds like the loss of the X routes is the worst. I told 'ya so. I'd rather they got rid of the locals than the X routes. Or maybe create a compromise that stops every 1/4 mile instead of every 1/8.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    Sounds like the loss of the X routes is the worst. I told 'ya so. I'd rather they got rid of the locals than the X routes. Or maybe create a compromise that stops every 1/4 mile instead of every 1/8.

  • In reply to bmayzure:

    It's too early to judge: with traffic construction projects that are well publicized, the first week isn't that bad as people stay away. So far, it's a touch worse -- brown line was definitely more crowded and a little more of a wait, but not awful.

  • In reply to themavf14d:

    Take the brown line to the loop in the mornings and the red line home in the evenings. Brown has been fine both days, still packed, but it always has been. Didn't seem like anyone was unable to board. Red line last night seemed to be running a little slower, train was packed after Grand, did notice there was one close behind though.

  • In reply to themavf14d:

    I take the 136. Commute has been normal to me both days this week, and actually the bus has been less crowded, except for the broke down 135 passengers that we picked up on LSD Monday. Rather surprising. I think I might notice more on weekend travel when I use other routes, trains, etc. Especially the shorter hours on the 147.

  • In reply to themavf14d:

    I took the trains both ways yesterday with no problems and decided to try the buses today to see what was happening (no, no one cares if I'm late to work any day but Sunday). Took an EB bus to Wilson/Clark, saw three or four SB 22s come through the intersection as I waited the five minutes or so for a 148. Got a seat, there were standees but it wasn't jammed by the time we turned on to the Drive at Irving. I got here half an hour early.

  • In reply to themavf14d:

    Mine has been terrible. The 55 sucks without supplementation from the X55, especially just before/after rush periods. I have a class at 10:30 in Hyde Park and commute from Belmont--an hour has always been plenty sufficient time to get to University/55th and walk to class. Now they've cut the one bus that will get me there comfortably and I have the excellent options of arriving 20 minutes early to try and catch the bus before that (and then figure out where to hang around until class starts) or try my luck on the bus after that and try to sprint to class through the snow. In the afternoon, it took me from 2:50 until 3:40 to get to the Garfield Red Line stop from 55th/Ellis. The bus bunching has returned in full force. I'm thinking my commute will probably be longer by about 150% by the time everything gets in sync. That's absurd. I could get to Wisconsin or Indiana in an hour and a half on the Metra.

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