Here are some CTA news items to start your week.
Public hearing on plans to reduce bus, rail crowding. You might want to arrive early for the 6 p.m. Tuesday public hearing on the plan CTA is pitching to reduce crowding on bus and rail lines. Expect an overflow crowd at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St. View details of the plan, and my post about the "devil is in the details - and execution."
First day of school brings more crowds. And speaking of crowding, expect tighter commutes depending on when you leave when Chicago Public School students descend on the CTA in full force Tuesday. It's the first day of school for most, though depending on teacher contract negotiations, crowd may dissipate a bit by next week, with teachers threatening a strike.
Two face robbery charges in Red Line incidents. Cell phones were the prime targets of robbers in two separate recent incidents. This time the alleged robbers were apprehended with help from police after a foot chase in one South Side incident. Another was nabbed on the far North Side after an alert CTA security recognized him from surveillance video. Details from the Tribune.
CTA crackdown on absenteeism, work rule violations. The CTA is getting tough this year on work rule violations, such as showing up late and absenteeism, according to a Tribune story. The CTA has dismissed 63 bus and rail workers so far this year tardiness, compared to just nine firings in all of last year. CTA President Forrest Claypool has decried "antiquated" work rules in the past. Now he's following the current union contract to the letter in this "zero-tolerance" crackdown. He cited "millions of dollars wasted on inefficiencies," the Tribune reported.
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