I was out of town Thursday through this past weekend, visiting friends in New Hampshire. If you think we’ve got it bad with service cuts, try living without power in your home for a few days, as at least a third of the people in the Granite State had to do after Thursday night’s tornado-force winds.
Of course, I did miss some CTA developments, so I’ll try to catch up a bit this morning.
Union grievances, lawsuit threats. The two CTA operators unions
filed grievances alleging work-rule violations last Thursday, and
threatened lawsuits — primarily in disputes involving overtime payments
and work rules. The only good news from late last week is that it
appears the bus union president has definitely backed away from strike
NYT analysis shows no bias in services cuts. Despite the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s claims, the CTA service reductions do not disproportionately affect low-income and minority areas of the city, according to a New York Times analysis of transit, racial and economic data. Really, let’s put away this nonsense forever. Here’s how the CTA told me they picked routes for cuts.
Gov. Quinn: Free rides reduction won’t pass Senate. Our governor is skeptical that the House bill to apply means testing for seniors to get free transit rides will pass the Senate. “The legislature made a decision on this a year or two ago, I think once you
make a decision and people, you know, expect some predictability in life, I
think that’s the way to go,” Quinn said. Prove him wrong, senators.
Why no fanfare on Grand-State rehab? The Chicago
Reader last week asked this
question: “When you’re spending $67 million on an engineering
marvel like the Grand/Red Line stop, why not brag a little?” The answer
is: Well, maybe we should. And the rest of the story describes why the
project is so much more difficult than the similar rehab at Chicago and
State stop. The project started in 2008 and is set to be completed late
in 2011. Earlier
CTA Tattler coverage.
robber makes aborted getaway on #22 Clark. After allegedly
robbing a bank near Chicago and State, Kenneth Wilson
flagged down a #22 Clark bus and boarded with bag of cash trailing
red smoke from a dye pack. Cops on a robbery detail nearby stopped the
bus and apprehended Wilson after he politely disembarked using the back
exit. No word yet whether it was sheer luck that Wilson caught the
elusive Clark Street bus, or whether he timed his criminal hijinks using
the popular Bus