Let your voice be heard on CTA 2012 budget at hearings

Got an opinion on the proposed 2012 CTA budget? Share with the board and bossed at one of these three budget hearings. All venues are accessible. All meetings start at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Nov. 2
Westinghouse High School
3223 W. Franklin Blvd.

Monday, Nov. 7
Chicago Transit Authority Headquarters
567 W. Lake Street

Thursday, Nov. 10
Kennedy-King College
740 W. 63rd Street

Written comments also will be accepted. Comments can be addressed to Gregory P. Longhini, Assistant Secretary of the Board, Chicago Transit Authority, P.O. Box 7567, Chicago, Illinois 60680-7567. Comments also can be sent via e-mail to: glonghini@transitchicago.com.  Customers also can provide feedback online.




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  • I'll post here since it is more germane to this topic.

    Kevin O'Neil said ..
    In reply to vise77:

    Good question Vise. I too am willing to pay a little more, but we should all have skin in the game.

    Also, I don't want to get personal, but...

    Since the public hearing schedule is posted above, are you going to attend, register as a speaker, and tell the hearing officer "Yes I am willing to pay a $3.00 base fare, $3.25 to originate on the L or express bus, and a proportionate increase in all passes, including the U Pass?"

    Or will it be like one Pace director said "Without a fare increase or service cuts, I don't expect many at the public hearings" Pace scheduled on its budget.

  • In reply to jack:

    When I go to a public hearing, I go to report on it, not be a part of the story. So the answer is no, I will not be registering as a speaker. But I'm on record here obviously, and the CTA reads this blog.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    That's fair, but also about as useful as asking some $24K a year employee to state in advance what concessions he is willing to make.

    And, if the CTA obviously reads this blog, I'm surprised that Claypool is an unaffected as he is by the way he looked in the three episodes of your interview with him. But, as I said before, I would be shocked if he called you up and offered to give direct answers to those questions. As the Executive Summary to the Budget indicates, he isn't getting off the Kruesi line that the problem is that CTA isn't getting 82% of the subsidy because it provides 82% of the rides (without saying that's unlinked trips).

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