One year ago today the CTA cut bus service by 19% and rail service by 9%. About 1,100 operators and other union workers were laid off -- though almost half have since returned to work due to attrition.
We're now pretty accustomed to the reduced service. But that doesn't mean we have to like it.
The main complaints I hear are about the shortened service hours, particularly at night. You used to be able to go out till after midnight or 1 am and rely on CTA buses to safely get you home. Now, many bus routes end between 10:30 and 11:30 pm, resulting in a shortened night of partying or an expensive cab ride home.
Also greatly missed are the eight express bus routes. And who likes the longer gaps in rail service?
How about you? How have you coped with the reduced service? Has it adversely impacted your lifestyle or commute?