Here are some news and notes from the CTA-osphere over the last few days.
CTA reduces absenteeism, but it still costs $30 million. The CTA has cut the cost of absenteeism by about $10 million, but it still vexes the transit agency's bottom line. And the rail workers union boss blames the problem on non-union workers. Read the Tribune story.
New parking validation procedures at Howard station. Effective Monday, CTA park-and-ride customers must validate their parking ticket to continue paying $5 a day. That's because the Standard Parking, the garage operator, has recently upgraded its parking payment equipment so it can begin to charge people based on how long they stay. The CTA has an agreement with Standard to continue to allow CTA customers to park all day for $5. The validation machine is located across from the turnstiles in the Paulina/bus terminal entrance of the Howard station.
Confusion reigns on Ventra rollout. Judging from questions on my posts the last two days, and from Twitter chatter, lots of people are still scratching their heads about how Ventra works. Sun-Times blogger Sam Kirkland notes that there are some good Ventra resources (the Q&A page and Common Misconceptions page at the CTA website and the FAQ at the dedicated Ventra website), but read the feed from a Twitter search of "Ventra" and you see the confusion - and unhappiness. Good thing the Ventra Twitter account is trying to answer questions.
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