This week I take a look at CTA in the news in 2010. Today, we review the first quarter of the year.
January: The year starts with new ways to access Bus Tracker via text messages. And with service cuts looming in February, the CTA tries to negotiate union givebacks. In the end, the union claims the CTA "walked away" from the negotiations table. Funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security allows the CTA to install cameras at stations on the Green Line. And in January, rail operators start the goofy announcements: "Attention customers. Please do not attempt to board, the doors are closing." They are prompted by the antics of "stroller mom."
February: The CTA reduces service Feb. 7 by cutting bus hours, routes and rail frequency. And the CTA blames the union for the cuts for not making any givebacks. In good news, the CTA board OKs spending more than half a billion dollars on new rail cars. And the Wilson Red Line station, widely refiled as the most foul, gets $3 million in TIF funds for a much-needed rehab.
March: CTA Tattler shares these transit songs to help riders pass the time during longer waits resulting from service cuts. We report an easier way to text CTA for next-bus times at your stop. The CTA approves more ATM machines across the system and expects to net $1.3 million in the deal over five years. In crime news, we report on how a handyman helped a driver subdue a hammer attacker.
Finally, in CTA wierdness, we give you these photos.