Will squeaky (bus route) wheel get the grease at CTA board meeting?

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.



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  • Time will tell will be by this afternoon.

    However, there is a reason for a required hearing, notwithstanding the lack of democracy in Chicago. In that it was held at Hqts. instead of Truman College or somewhere near Lincoln Ave. indicates that CTA intended to ram this through, and the above indicates you don't have much problem with that.

    Nonetheless, if it is rammed through, it would prove that Peterson was a liar when he told the crowd that he was listening. Not that that would bother Peterson.

    While, for a change they stuck it to the north side, and violated their "no duplicate Pace" philosophy on the south, would you have shown up if they had threatened to cut the 96 Lunt bus, which doesn't meet any criterion for retention (low ridership; Pace provides local service on Touhy)? They really haven't given a rationale why service should be terminated on Wilson, unless they are really going to beef up the Montrose bus.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, just for the record, I didn't make it to the hearing due to a personal issue that came up that night.

    There are plenty of bus lines being affected all over the city, so I don't see anything wrong with the central location of the CTA HQ for the meeting.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I had said "if they cut the Lunt bus" which they didn't threaten. There also seems to have been enough media (conventional and internet) at the hearing.

    My point was that Pace, and usually CTA, when they have a real restructuring, hold hearings where the riders will be affected. In Pace's case, a restructuring takes at least 6 months, and also involves consultation with employers, and in the south suburbs, preachers. Pace's directors also say that because they lay a sufficient groundwork, people at the hearings (such as in Wheaton), actually praise them. Even when north LSD was restructured in 2003, CTA had about 18 months of "experiments."

    For that matter, with regard to the Dan Ryan segment shutdown, they still haven't held a meeting near 95th, although they have scheduled one for the bus terminal expansion.

    From these two examples, it seems like the do nothing CTA Board is afraid of the public, which it is supposed to serve, but is content to use the mayor's muscle to ram something through. We will see this afternoon.

  • Cutting the number 11 route in two will come back and bite Rahm somewhere it hurts. I don't know how many people ride it. I do know from riding it myself that it skews old. As in the people who vote.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Yeah, I'm sure that's at the top of Rahm's concern list at this moment.

  • It's a done deal now. The board approved the decrowding plan with no changes.


  • This didn't take as long as even I thought. The Tribune reported at 11:05 that the plan passed 6-0.

    The Notice of Meeting said the meeting was to start at 10, so they sure didn't take much time deliberating it.

    So, don't argue with me that this process (or nearly any process at the CTA) works as the law contemplates that it should. Vladimir Putin would be proud.

  • Well, it's official. The CTA hates old people and the poor.

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    Maybe the CTA just hates leaving hundreds of people behind on overcrowded mainline routes as opposed to dozens of people behind on services that (at best) operate only 4 times an hour and have alternatives nearby?

  • In reply to Dave:

    No, I don't think CTA cares for anyone, as indicated by lying about listening at the public hearing and preempting any more discussion about the seats on the 5000s. It is essentially Father Forrest Know Best, even though he knows nothing.

    But wait for the next time they start a campaign for "funding" and see how much support they get. At least this is an acknowledgement that they can't push through another tax increase at the moment.

  • In reply to Dave:

    There are a lot of businesses on Lincoln that really should be up in arms over that closure. No, I do not want to take the train to Addison when I can hop on an 11 and get dropped off in front of Trader Joe's. And I'm able-bodied, mostly. If I used a cane or a wheelchair I really wouldn't want the bother.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Unless you are willing to camp out in front of Claypool's house and bring a crowd and news crew with you, I don't think Claypool cares. There are reports that he dissed the 47th Ward alderman, even though the aldercreature on the southwest side prevented such things as merging 55A and 55N.

    So, this troll is telling you that posting here is not going to work. Read that. Claypool and Peterson sure aren't reading the Tattler.

  • Another reason there should be some built in redundancy is the fact that the trains break down. Having extra LSD buses and other buses that run parallel to other train routes mean people still have a way to get where they are going even if the trains aren't running.

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