No stop­ping CTA cuts, Da­ley says

If unions don’t OK deal, ser­vice cuts will start Feb. 7

Chicago Sun-Times - - News - BY FRAN SPIEL­MAN

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

Draw­ings of di­nosaurs show them in all sorts of hues, usu­ally duller earth tones such as brown and gray, but sci­en­tists have only spec­u­lated on their col­or­ing. As their con­nec­tion to birds came to light, so did the idea of brighter colors. But un­til now, there was no proof of any col­or­ing. AP

This ren­der­ing, pro­vided by the Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol, shows a Si­nosauropte­ryx sport­ing its or­ange and white striped tail.

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