Wednesday’s CTA board meeting may prove whether this old adage is true: The squeaky wheels gets the grease.
At last week’s hearing on the CTA’s plan to reduce crowding on major rail and bus lines, there were a few squeaky wheels. That is, organized groups of riders advocating that their bus route not be cut. Probably the best represented were proponents of the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick and the #145 Wilson/Michigan Express.
The latter bus route would be eliminated entirely, with added service to the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express picking up the slack. For the #11, the CTA is suggesting cutting service between Western and Fullerton and renaming the segments #11 Lincoln and #37 Sedgwick. The CTA anticipated the backlash at the Sept. 4 meeting and devoted a slide (see gallery) from its presentation explaining the rationale.
Overall, I think the plan looks good. As I noted in a prior post on the subject, the CTA is a publicly funded transit agency with limited dollars that must serve the most people it can as efficiently as possible. But those CTA Tattler platitudes don’t help those whose bus routes are on the chopping block Wednesday.
Time will tell whether their squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the CTA backs off on some of its bus change plans.