Tag: budget

Gov. Rauner's budget cuts could mean CTA fare hike; let the class war begin

The CTA would face $105 million cut in state funding under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal – a 7 percent hit to its overall operating budget. The Tribune reported this response from a CTA spokesperson: “Although CTA officials said it was too early to talk specifically about service cuts or fare hikes, (Brian) Steele said... Read more »

RTA orders independent probe of CTA Ventra rollout

RTA Chairman John Gates Jr. is calling for an independent analysis of the problem-plagued rollout of the CTA’s new Ventra fare payment system. “This has morphed into far more than a computer glitch,” Gates told the Tribune in its report. Gates directed the agency’s auditor, Michael Zumach, to report back to the RTA board at... Read more »

CTA hearing features Round 2 in bus cut debate, complaints on fare hikes

It was deju vu all over again at a CTA public hearing Monday night, as scores of people fighting to save a key segment of the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick bus jammed the meeting room. Some creative solutions were offered by attendees, including a pitch from 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar to use excess TIF funds from... Read more »

Summary of proposed hike in CTA passes; analysis of whether to buy pass or pay per ride

Now that there’s a big difference between paying per ride for your CTA trip vs. buying a weekly or monthly pass, it may literally pay for riders to carefully evaluate which fare mode is least expensive, based on their commuting habits. First, let’s recap the proposed increases in rates for passes, and other changes announced... Read more »

Will 2013 CTA budget include fare hike, service cuts? My predictions

As some of you readers have noted, the CTA has not yet submitted its budget for 2013. The agency board meets tomorrow, and the 2013 budget is not on the agenda, though the budget recommendations may still be released. It’s unprecedented for the CTA to wait this long to present its budget. Last year, President... Read more »

CTA pays out a boatload of overtime to union workers

One CTA rail service supervisor worked an average of 34 hours of overtime on top of her 40-hour work week. And the CTA is the only governmental agency that includes overtime in calculations used to determine pensions. Those are just two of the shocking findings from a Tribune report published Sunday. Jackie Hubbard, the hard-working... Read more »

Former CTA board chairwoman named to RTA board by Rahm

Mayor Emanuel appointed former CTA board chair Carole Brown to the Regional Transportation Authority Board. (Photo by Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)
The Regional Transportation Authority board will soon welcome a new member with intimate knowledge of the CTA – its former board chair, Carole Brown. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday named Brown to a vacant spot on the RTA board. Meanwhile, in other appointment news, Kevin Irvine was appointed to the CTA board. Irvine “has... Read more »

CTA union strikes back: "Finger-pointing" won't solve anything

Admittedly, before today, I’ve only reported the CTA’s side of the “antiquated work rules” that President Forrest Claypool says must change in upcoming union negotiations. So today it’s the union’s turn. Earlier this month, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 bought a full-page as in the Chicago Sun-Times to refute Claypool’s examples of some of... Read more »

CTA moves ahead with system to collect fares with credit or debit cards

News of how the CTA will spend its money took second fiddle to news about how it will collect its money at Tuesday’s board meeting. The CTA board approved an agreement to implement a new fare-collection systems featuring the use of contactless cards riders can tap against rail turnstiles and bus fareboxes. “CTA patrons will... Read more »

Claypool, rail union chief Kelly go head to head; it's not pretty

CTA President Forrest Claypool and rail union chief Robert Kelly appeared together on the Chicago Tonight Monday. That was the last thing they agreed on. And it wasn’t pretty. Here are two choice lines: Claypool: “Mr. Kelly gets an A for rhetoric, but an F on math.” Kelly: “Mr. Claypool gets an A for BS... Read more »