Strange smells from passenger prompt CTA driver complaint

Here are some CTA news bits from the last week or so.

Case of the stinky CD and nonresponsive driver. A strange story surfaced over the weekend about a woman on a bus who says a street vendor shoved a strange-smelling CD under her nose, causing her to become woozy. When she complained to the bus driver and asked him to call 911, he refused to become involved, says the Tribune report. “That’s between you and him. I have nothing to do with it,” he allegedly told her. The CTA is investigating the incident.

Board elects Peterson chairman. It’s official. At a special board meeting Friday, the CTA board named Terry Peterson its new chairman, and Cynthia A. Panayotovich its vice chairman. The regular monthly board meeting has been pushed back a week. It will be Wed., Oct. 21. The CTA’s 2010 budget should be revealed at that meeting. The CTA has made a little progress to closing a $300 million budget gap, as reported here last week.

Top staffer leaves CTA for FTA. Dorval Carter, the CTA’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, is returning to his former employer, the Federal Transit Administration. He will take over there as chief legal officer. Carter, the acting president after Ron Huberman left, was well-liked and did many jobs at the CTA, as this press release reports. Companies don’t generally issue press release to announce a top guy is leaving. In this case it’s smart, as I’m sure the CTA is hoping Carter will advocate for funds for the CTA.

CTA launches searchable vendor database. Want to figure out what that vendor who got $1 million from the CTA was really supposed to do? Check out the new database the CTA put up last month 

$1.5 million for cleaner buses. Crain’s reports that the CTA “won a $1.5-million federal stimulus grant that will allow 80 buses to
turn off their engines at night while they’re being cleaned.”

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