Tell Congress to support cash infusion to restore or avoid more CTA cuts

A laid-off CTA bus driver wrote to urge CTA Tattler reader support of the Public Transportation Act of 2010. The bills pending in both house of Congress would provide $2 billion in emergency aid to transit systems for operating expenses needed
to restore service cuts.

A note from the driver:

I contacted SpeakerNancy Pelosi and asked her to usher the transit bills in Washington
DC to voting as soon as possible. Our families depend on it. Tell Congress to support H.R. 2746, Sherrod Brown Transit Bill, and the Mass Transit Preservation Act of 2010. They helped everyone else, now help transit workers!!! Let them know we are serious!

Here’s Rep. Pelosi’s email address.


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  • "They helped everyone else..."

    That just about says it all right there, doesn't it? Disgusting.

  • The deficit stands at 88% of GDP and is climbing already. This is up from about 60-62% in 2001. Frankly we can't afford tax cuts or additional relief for things like mass transit.

    If the transit worker wants to implore people for help he should talk to the union since their insistence on receiving 3% raises during one of the hardest downturns in 70 years contributed to his current situation.

  • I'm sort of indifferent to this one. On one hand, only the federal government can print money, and in deflationary times that might be necessary.

    On the other hand, the teachers proved that if one year's stimulus didn't work, demand another year's jobs bill for the teachers. Unless there is some plan to regenerate growth in the private sector (and apparently the private sector won't hire, despite having access to cash), this will just become a permanent demand for the feds to throw in $2 billion here, $3 billion there, etc.

    Jason brought up the transit union issue (I previously mentioned how they showed "solidarity" by voting to let 10% of their members be laid off), and I would add that I think that the transit agencies should seriously review what service is necessary, in the sense that there is proven ridership, and, after three years, finally deal with the Auditor General's recommendations, including eliminating competition between the service boards. Since so far they have not shown any inclination of doing this, and I commented that giving them more funding in 2008 only put off the day of reckoning, it is, as I indicated, more than likely that this would just have them more dependent on the teat of the federal government. Of course, what isn't nowadays.

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