As Ventra comes in, CTA jobs go out.
A total of 149 positions have been eliminated, the CTA announced today. About one-third of those positions are currently vacant. The cuts and reorganization should save #13 million per year.
Some of the job cuts were related to the introduction of the new Ventra payment system, as positions related to fare payment and collection were eliminated. There were 40 union members who lost their jobs, most of them related to the switch to Ventra. They will get a chance to switch to other jobs based on union rules.
A little more than 60 non-union workers were laid off. Some may be able to apply for about 30 new positions being created.
The CTA still is looking for $10 million to balance this year’s budget. It’s hard to say how much these cuts will help, though probably not a whole lot coming so late in the year.