There’s been plenty of news this week that I haven’t had a chance to report. Here’s my attempt to catch up:
Train door problems persist. The Sun-Times and Trib reported that a Red Line train door stayed open between Addison and Sheridan. This comes on top of the Morse stroller incident. Now the union is calling for the return of conductors on the rails. Except, that would cost $19 million per year. I don’t think so.
RTA OKs CTA service cuts. The RTA board Thursday formally approved Gov. Quinn’s plan to borrow $166 million to stave off fare hikes. But service hours cuts will go into effect, unless the CTA can convince the union to take furlough days or wage cuts.
Red Line weekend changes. Southbound Red Line trains will skip Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr from 10 pm Friday till 6 pm Saturday for track work. Meanwhile, more frequent service will run on the Red Line for the Magnificent Mile Parade late Saturday. Also, many bus routes will be affected, so check out the CTA site.
Holiday Train debuts. And of course, don’t forget that Santa starts riding the rails this weekend. Ho ho ho!