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CTA board puts off budget decision

The Tribune's Jon Hilkevitch today reports (last item) that the Chicago Transit Authority is "postponing D-Day" by moving back a week its board meeting date.  So now we have to wait till Dec. 16 to find out whether there will be service cuts, a fare hike, neither, or both!

Hilkevitch also notes that "it's doubtful Mayor Richard Daley, who has recently indicated a preference for a fare hike to cover at least some of the CTA deficit, would go along with severe service cuts."

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Anybody interested in checking out the meeting? It happens to intersect nicely with my lunch break.

Daley may not have an idea for a fix, but he can't want any service cuts.

We'll seem second rate without a 24 hour rail line :)

And more seriously, Daley has had many "green" ideas, and a reduction in the usage of public transit doesn't go along with that agenda. Unless all of the displaced riders are going to ride bicycles, then that would be okay.

Personally, I expect Daley to step in here and if not come up with suggestions, mandate that there be some more brainstorming.

Jasmine, it could be a real chuckle to attend that board meeting as a group. We could hold signs (like they do at political conventions) that say "The CTA Tattler Crowd is Watching!"

What a hoot. Seriously, I'm up for it.

Just make the sign and I'll hold it up, Kevin!

Oh, no doubt! I'll even compromise my hard-earned anonymity for THAT chance... um, unless it's on Tuesday. (Amazing Race night, ya know.)

CTA Chicago Card Plus Cracking, resulting in $5.00 replacement charge.

I had two Chicago Card Plus Crack on Dec 28, 2004. Billed $10 for replacement. My State Id's do not break after eight months, building ID's, credit cards....
Defective material in cards, results in issueing company making big money on replacements.

CTA Chicago Card Plus Cracking, resulting in $5.00 replacement charge.

I had two Chicago Card Plus Crack on Dec 28, 2004. Billed $10 for replacement. My State Id's do not break after eight months, building ID's, credit cards....
Defective material in cards, results in issueing company making big money on replacements.

My 3 Chicago Card Plus cards last about 3 months each living in my wallet. The CTA support person said "Do you keep them in your wallet? Wallets demagnetize them." Hmm.
Where are customers supposed to keep these cards?!?

Not sure it's worth it anymore, might just go back to old-school monthly passes.

Matt-- they're not magnetic. The cardboard cards are.

if you mail in your bad CTA monthly pass, you will get a refund of $5.00 according to what CTA told me. I think the address is their downtown address at 567 w lake, but not sure of the addresss. check the CTA website or call them.

Not sure if this is the right place to put this comment, but last night on the news when they said that because of work on the brown line, all the northside riders on the red, brown and purple line can expect 1 and a half times slower ride home. I am so glad I dont take the L at all...!!! already it takes maybe what? 45 minutes to go to Lawrence from downtown?? that is really gonna suck big time. its bad enough now!!!! they gotta come up with another idea to deal with everyone trying to go to and from work.. cant they put more shuttle busses or something? I feel really sorry for all of you that ride the L's.

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