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Most notable were Huberman’s comments on the bus side.He made an early announcement of the expansion of a million bus tracking system, already in place on the #20 Madison route, that will allow customers to go online at check the real-time performance of 10 CTA bus routes.Saturday morning, I was honored to be included in CTA Tattler‘s invitation-only meeting with CTA President Ron Huberman.In addition to meeting personal heroes Kevin O’Neil, publisher of the Tattler, Tony Coppoletta, perhaps the fiercest (and most knowledgeable) transit advocate in Chicagoland, and my favorite Chicago Carless fan, Cheryl Powell, I got to to discuss my major concerns about the CTA, at length, directly with the agency’s very committed prez. For those 90 minutes, Huberman discussed in detail the challenges to maintaining clean and reliable bus and ‘L’ service and the initiatives the CTA has undertaken to improve the customer experience.(What a boon that would be along the Green Line, where budget cuts kept the CTA from installing turnstiles on outbound platforms at many stations during the line’s mid-1990s rehab, forcing riders heading west and south to enter on the opposite side and climb additional, annoying ramps and stairs to to reach the right platform, losing their breath and in many cases missing their trains in the process).I also queried Ron about spotty service on the #60 Blue Island/26th bus, the main bus line to the Loop from Chicago’s Mexican heartland neighborhoods of Little Village and Pilsen.The system will also help keep service consistent by reducing bus bunching, and will be rolled out to more routes as the old 1991 buses are retired and necessary equipment is installed on new vehicles.
To the relief of all at the table, Huberman discussed newly revised cleaning timetables and procedures that will get buses and railcars free of grime in a more timely manner, GPS tracking of buses that now keeps tabs on operators who don’t leave terminals on time or take an unapproved break in the middle of their routes, and the replacement by the end of this year of all of the agency’s oldest (1991-era) buses.
Keeping the 60 running smoothly in some of the city’s main Latino communities–communities that line city coffers with some of the most lucrative sales-tax receipts in Chicagoland and have been learning to exercise potent political power in recent years–would certainly be a strategic move for the CTA, and pretty low hanging fruit on the tree of potential transit initiatives.
Earlier this month, a poorly worded CTA press release announcing the elimination of almost nonexistent Blue Line ‘L’ service along the still-happily rolling Pink Line route ended up misreported on the front page of Latino newspapers as the end of all Cermak branch rail service, so to my mind the CTA still has a ways to go to bring La Villita back into the happy CTA family of riders.
A second-shifter friend of mine who rides the route regularly from downtown to Pilsen in the mid-evening recently complained to me that the normal headway of 15-22 minutes was almost always more like 45 minutes after 9 p.m.
I asked Huberman whether he could look into the performance of the 60, given the CTA’s past history of rancor with the Latino communities along the route under his predecessor, Frank Kruesi.
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It’s nice to have a committee full of community leaders, but it means nothing if those leaders drive to work everyday.