No stopping CTA cuts, Daley says
If unions don’t OK deal, service cuts will start Feb. 7
Mayor Daley said Wednesday there’s nothing he can do to stave off the looming 18 percent cut in CTA bus service and other cuts involving L service scheduled for Feb. 7 because the alternative — raising fares — would be even worse.
Daley said he has no plan to ask Gov. Quinn to rescind the two-year freeze on CTA fares he engineered last fall in exchange for a financial bailout that borrows money to postpone the CTA’s day of reckoning.
“You have to reshape government in these hard economic times,” he said. “You can’t ask people to pay more.”
Pressed whether he could do anything to avert the cuts, the mayor said, “No. . . . I don’t think so. . . . I really believe you have to start building a huge advocacy group for public transportation. You have to start realizing that public transportation is the future of a city like ours.”
The CTA plans to cut bus service 18 percent, rail service 9 percent and lay off more than 1,000 employees unless unions agree to sweeping concessions by Feb. 7.
Daley acknowledged that CTA unions made concessions in a 2007 deal, but he said there’s no alternative but to ask unions to dig deeper.
The $95 million in cuts will eliminate nine express bus routes and reduce frequency of service on 119 routes and hours on 41 routes. Seven L lines will operate with longer intervals between trains. Contributing: Mary Wisniewski
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