How will service cuts affect your work commute?

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.

(Photo by MD111.)

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  • Cutting low productivity late night service makes a lot of sense to me. There's always someone that will be negatively impacted, but this minimizes the number.

  • Cutting low productivity late night service makes a lot of sense to me. There's always someone that will be negatively impacted, but this minimizes the number.

  • With regard to the concessions that Jefferson said he offered, one of the union activists has posted what Jefferson purportedly told the union. http://forum.chicagobus.org/topic/1958-layoffs-service-cuts-are-they-really-necessary/page__view__findpost__p__25624

    Notwithstanding whether this guy has any credibility, if this actually is the union's position, one can understand why nothing was heard of it since Monday morning in the mainstream media, and while it appears that the service cuts are full steam ahead.

    I could also add that since certain candidates appear to have gotten by by the skin of their teeth in yesterday's primary, any short term effort to find a political solution is probably not imminent, either.

  • My work commute won't be affected but my "social commute" is probably going to take a hit. I'm lucky that the 80 isn't really being cut back, the last buses still leave around the current times, just longer waits for those last few trips. And of course, longer waits for the Blue and Red Lines in the few hours leading up to owl service (luckily, those weren't touched).

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