There could be fireworks Monday night at first of two CTA budget hearings

CTA riders will get their say on the 2013 budget at a public hearing starting at 6 p.m. Monday at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St.

But riders won't just be giving board members an earful about the proposed increases in all passes. Word is that riders of the #11 Lincoln bus will make a last-ditch effort to save the stretch of the route between Western and Fullerton. That portion is scheduled to be eliminated starting Dec. 16 under the CTA's plan to reduce crowding.

The plan is technically not part of the 2013 budget, and already was approved by the board at a prior meeting.

Another budget hearing is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. The board will vote on the budget Dec. 18.

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  • The CTA board & management do whatever the hell they want to do.
    They believe that Commodore Vanderbilt was correct when he said "The public be damned"

    So we now have L cars where 25% of the seats can't be unused, stations that are unnecessary or in the wrong place, bus lines that haven't changed their routes since the streetcar days, streets that desperately need bus lines without them, schedules that make no sense, bizarre ideas of where new L lines should go & myriad other little bits of insanity that add up to huge wastes of money & angry riders.

  • As you imply, these "hearings" are going to be irrelevant, not only on the Lincoln point (on which one person on chicagobus.org pointed out the second "hearing" will be the day after the cuts), but also on the budget, since everyone knows darn well that there isn't time to redo the fare increases or anything else in the time frame printed in the budget, nor that the autocrats have any intention to do so. As said in about.com "Psychology,"

    Autocratic leadership, also known as authoritarian leadership, is a leadership style characterized by individual control over all decisions and little input from group members. Autocratic leaders typically make choices based on their own ideas and judgments and rarely accept advice from followers.

    Sound familiar?

  • The yellow shirts got some TV exposure, but I wonder who printed and paid for them, and whether the autocrats saw or heard anything.

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