As you probably know, on Sunday, Feb. 7, the CTA will end nine express bus routes, cut frequency on seven of eight rail lines, and reduce the span of service (start and end times shortening) on 41 bus routes.
For those 41 bus routes, service will now end at either 10:30 pm or 12:30 am. For instance, the #8 Halsted now ends at 2:20 am, but beginning Sunday will end at 12:30 am. And the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express now ends at 12:20 am, but will end at 10:30 pm.
And that’s just two buses. I figure such drastic cuts will no doubt affect night/twilight shift workers trying to get home or get to work between 10 pm and 2 am.
Are you one of those people? Tell us your story. How will these cuts affect your commute?
The CTA told me Monday that “we deliberately didn’t touch Night Owl service on both bus
or rail so that service stayed in place for third-shift workers who
have few options other than public transit.”
That may be the case for night owl service, but certainly there are plenty of workers who will be negatively affected by these cuts, so let’s hear from you.