Bus drivers have said they’re seeing fewer problems with Ventra fare cards, and the mayor said he’s not holding Claypool responsible for the foul-ups with the switchover to Ventra.
Burned twice in the past three years by impostors who stole buses, the CTA is going high-tech in its attempt to prevent it from happening again.
Mayor says Ventra contractor won’t get paid until system is working the way it should.
CTA president Forrest Claypool on Tuesday said the contractor on the new Ventra fare-collection system will not be paid until the problems are resolved.
Many CTA riders are still experiencing big problems with their transition to the new Ventra card, and two aldermen want to hold City Council hearings to get answers from CTA officials.
After a 13-month test, the CTA’s board Wednesday approved permanent extension of its No. 35 31st/35th bus route along 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero, but that’s not what a roomful of protesters wanted.
About a third of the jobs are going away because of the transition to the Ventra card system, which takes CTA out of the fare-collection business. Some will get the chance to reapply for 30 new jobs.
Six weeks in, the CTA Red Line South reconstruction project remains on schedule and on budget.
In one week, on May 19, the CTA will shut down the south end of the Red Line for five months of reconstruction. Some riders are ready, others are not.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said the customer service reps will offer a stable presence at CTA stations, and know the community where they work.
The apprentices start at $9.25 an hour at jobs cleaning buses and trains, and can work themselves into jobs as CTA bus drivers.
If gun owners are allowed to ride the CTA armed, its union leaders want to arm transit personnel to the teeth, also, but the union says allowing commuters to carry guns on buses and trains would be “disastrous.”
The CTA has set May 19 as the date it will shut down the south branch of the Red Line, between Roosevelt and 95th. But it is hoping to keep riders by offering many of them free rides.
The transit agency’s board approved a switch from fluorescent to LED interior lighting Wednesday.
The Emanuel Administration has awarded an $8 million contract to a local company to supply the seats for at least 300 new CTA buses that will soon replace older vehicles on the streets.
The price of a one-day pass will nearly double, from $5.75 to $10. A three-day pass that now costs $14 will cost $20. The seven-day pass will increase in price from $23 to $28 and the 30-day pass will increase in price from $86 to $100.
No more doomsdays – that was the promise from Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool on Monday as the agency pushed its new budget.
The New Year will mean higher fares for half of the CTA’s ridership.
The CTA was supposed to unveil its 2013 budget Thursday – but canceled the presentation minutes before a scheduled news conference because of overnight progress in talks with its two major unions.
Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority say they have tentative agreements with several trade unions that could pave the way for settlements with the rest of the CTA labor force.