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Public Transportation Tue Jan 19 2010

Rally Against Proposed CTA Reductions

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Members of Citizens Taking Action and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) will be protesting planned CTA reductions Wednesday morning. According to an e-mail sent out today by organizers, planned service reductions will affect communities that need and rely on mass transit the most. Organizers argue these reductions will result in:

  • Twice the wait time on 119 routes

  • Elimination of express routes

  • Overcrowded buses and trains

  • Stranded riders as a result of shortened hours of operation for 41 routes

  • Elimination of 1,000+ transit personnel, resulting in 40,000 less manpower hours each week

  • Closing of a major bus facility on the southwest side

  • At least 275 buses taken out of service

The rally is scheduled from 10 am to 12 pm at the CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St. It comes just two days after activists gathered outside of City Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to protest service cuts and biased funding.

 
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Leroy Johnson / January 20, 2010 6:05 AM

So how do these bums propose covering the CTA funding gap? Would they be ok with doubling the cost of fares? If so, go for it.

mike / January 20, 2010 10:00 AM

Hey, it's an uninformed suburban jagoff who drives on subsidized roads with the same old uninformed and trite anti-transit opinion.

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