Tag: free rides for seniors

CTA ridership down less than 1% in 2010

Despite a wretched economy and big service cuts, ridership on the Chicago Transit Authority dropped just under 1% last year compared to 2009. There were almost 517 million rides taken on the CTA in 2010, which was about 4.7 million more than the CTA expected, but still a 0.8 percent drop from 2009, said CTA... Read more »

Legislature finally ends free rides for most senior citizens

A bill to allow free transit rides only for low-income seniors has been sent to Gov. Quinn for his signature after the state Senate passed the bill on a 54-2 vote on Monday. The House had OKed it on Saturday 95-15. The bill would allow seniors who qualify for the state’s Circuit Breaker aid program... Read more »

Tidbits from CTA's budget: falling work force, fuel costs

I gleaned these budget facts from the presentation CTA President Rich Rodriguez made to the board last week. Budgeted positions keep dropping. In 2008, there were almost 11,000 positions budgeted. In 2011 that number will drop to about 9,400 – a 14% reduction. Of course, the 2010 service cuts account for the bulk of that... Read more »

CTA to offer naming rights; Santa is riding the rails; and other items of note

The transit agency next week will issue a Request for Proposals for companies interested in naming rights to L stations, rail lines, bus routes, special services or events and retail space. We suspect Apple will be the first in line for rights to the North/Clybourn station. The stipulation for first naming rights was included in... Read more »

Poll results: Free rides for seniors, CTA quiet car

Here are the results of recent quick poll questions that CTA Tattler readers weighed in on. Free rides for seniors? This poll drew well over 1,000 participants, and by a slim margin, Tattler readers think we should bring back the old days and let all seniors ride for half-price at all times. About 31% agree... Read more »

Free CTA rides for seniors? Tell us what you think

I got a notice last week about Monday’s regular meeting for Citizens Taking Action, at 7 pm Sept. 13 on the 4th floor of the Chicago Temple, Clark & Washington streets. In the email, the group’s secretary, Charles Paidock, noted the recent Trib story, “More free rides taking toll on transit agencies.” Paidock opined: According... Read more »

Lots of free-riding seniors earn more than $55,000 a year

Three interesting tidbits about the Tribune’s report on free CTA rides jumped out at me: About 2.5 million more free rides were taken on the CTA through June this year than last year — 37.6 million total. A study by the Urban Transportation Center at UIC found that about a third of seniors who ride... Read more »

News pickup: Another shot at curbing free senior rides; falls onto CTA tracks

We’ll start the week with a roundup of CTA — and Metra — news items from the last week. Another shot at cutting free senior rides. The state Senate is taking another stab at reducing free rides for seniors on the CTA and other transit agencies. The latest bill, which passed the full Senate unanimously,... Read more »

Weekend news pickup: CTA Wilson construction to close businesses; Grand Ave. "prison" stairs; free rides remain

Here are a few CTA news stories and transit notes I didn’t have a chance to report earlier. Wilson construction to close four businesses: Four stores under the Red Line’s Wilson station will be forced to close when the CTA begins a $3 million station renovation project later this year, ChicagoTalks.org reports. The businesses were... Read more »

Limit on senior free rides passes House; Red Line attack charges upgraded to hate crime

OK, so maybe I was wrong. I wrote earlier this month that I didn’t think the bill to limit free rides to seniors who pass a means test would pass because the state Legislature didn’t have the political will in an election year. Well, the Illinois House does have the political will, passing the bill... Read more »