The CTA’s top officials on Thursday minced no words in blaming he union for the service cuts set to go into effect this Sunday.
“Our largest labor unions have been unwilling to help us reduce
costs, even if it means more than 1,000 of their members lose their
jobs.” — President Richard Rodriguez
“Sadly, the leaders of the labor unions have not shared our urgency
in working to save jobs for their members and preserve service for our
riders. These service reductions will make it more difficult for people
to get where they need to go.” — Board Chairman Terry Peterson
They also made it clear that passengers should expect more crowded
conditions and longer wait times, warning that riders who travel on the
agency’s highest volume routes may have to wait for multiple buses or
trains before boarding. And, of course, they are advising we allow
additional travel time to get to where we need to go, particularly
during non-rush periods.
No weekend service changes. The only bright note is that — aside from the aforementioned service cuts set for Sunday — there are no other scheduled service changes on rail lines or bus routes this weekend. I guess they figure the service cuts are plenty enough to piss us off.