Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
Today we'd like to let you know about our mass transit system, called the CTA, which stands for the Chicago Transit Authority. These are the trains and buses we ride here every day. Since no new rail line or new mode of service is being proposed for the 2016 games, this is what your athletes, officials and visitors will rely on to get around if the games come here. And, like everything else here, this service is under funded, badly in need of repairs and constantly facing cuts in service.
CTA finds budget trims to avoid service cuts
By Jon Hilkevitch
- Chicago Tribune
July 16, 2009
The Chicago Transit Authority came up with about $35 million in cost
savings Wednesday to erase its latest budget deficit despite recent
claims there was nothing left to cut except bus and train service.The
newest round of belt-tightening, the result of reductions in non-union
labor expenses and other cost-containment measures, bodes well for CTA
customers trying to ride out the recession. Possible service
cuts threatened for as early as the fall are now off the table for the
rest of the year unless the weak economy gets worse and transit
ridership numbers and public-subsidy dollars tank too, officials
indicated.But service cuts and fare increases cannot be ruled out in 2010, CTA President Richard Rodriguez said.Only
last month, Rodriguez warned that the CTA had cut administrative and
other expenses to the bone. Severe service cuts were unavoidable in the
face of a $155 million decrease in public subsidies from the Regional
Transportation Authority, he said. The latest budget cut Wednesday was
due to declining tax collections caused by the recession. The
transit agency's board on Wednesday voted to reduce spending in this
year's operating budget by $35.2 million. Some of the savings will be
realized by reducing overtime pay and non-essential travel. Salary
increases will be deferred for the CTA's approximately 1,000 non-union
|Chairman of Chicago's CTA Admits $7 Billion in Unfunded Repairs
CTA Chairman Carole L. Brown gave a speech to the APTA Rail Conference in Chicago on June 15, 2009.
In it she revealed an alarming backlog of repair work for our mass transit system.
"We still have an almost $7 BILLION - yes, 7 BILLION DOLLAR 0 unfunded state of good repair need."
Read her full remarks here.
|Mass Transit Systems Have a Hard Time Paying the Bills
The good news, ridership is up; the bad news, ridership is up
Bret Schulte, U.S. News & World Report - March 27, 2008
recalcitrant aldermen, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently framed the
debate this way: Either support a property tax increase to fund the
city's cash-strapped transportation authority or "stand up and say, 'I
want the CTA to bypass my ward.'" Minutes later, the 40 percent tax
increase on city property buyers
passed overwhelmingly, 41 to 6. If only it were that easy in every burg
where the aging rail lines keep rotting, the fares keep rising, and the
trains have to keep rolling. Read the rest of the story.