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.
CTA officials say their system of more than 17,000 cameras is dramatically reducing crime on the system.
Three dozen new bus drivers have graduated from the CTA training program, in preparation for next year’s massive Red Line reconstruction project.
The new fare payment system starts next summer. You’ll be able to pay with special Ventra cards or even use your own credit or debit cards that are equipped with special chips, so you can tap the cards to pay for a fare.
The CTA’s plan to ease crowding at the cost of all or portions of 26 bus routes ran into heavy opposition Tuesday night at the only public hearing on the proposed changes.
The CTA is taking heat for its plan to discontinue a dozen bus lines and redistribute the buses to more heavily-patronized routes as it also steps up ‘L’ service on most of its rapid transit lines.