Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 29

  • Activists Lobby for Longer Hours, Weekend Service for 31st Street Bus Pilot (DNA)
  • Eugene Oregon’s Bus Rapid Transit System Is a Model for Chicago (Active Trans)
  • A Round-up of Recent Transit New (MPC)
  • North Ave. Bridge Set to Reopen This Weekend; Pedestrian Fatally Struck Nearby (Tribune)
  • Man on Bike Killed in Train Crash Near 59th and Narragansett (NBC)
  • 19-Year-Old Man Dies After Driving Into Building Near 79th and Western (Tribune)
  • Lyft Driver Sexually Harassed Passenger, Threatened Violence After She Reported Him (DNA)
  • Newsy Visits the Bronzeville Bike Box Community Bike Shop
  • MPC Decided to “Dwell” on the Topic of How Pre-Paid Boarding Can Speed Bus Times
  • Good Thing Someone Saw “Poltergeist“: City Won’t Dig up Graves for Road Project (DNA)
  • 88-Keyed Placemaking: Pianos Are Being Installed at Parks and Beaches (DNA)
  • Upcoming “Trail Mix” Events on The 606

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  • 31st St: Once again is this route funded out of the coverage budget or the ridership budget?

    The CTA suggests that the route was axed because of low ridership. Okay that means that there is not sufficient ridership to fund the route out of the ridership budget.

    So the new route is being funded out of the coverage budget. But if the CTA is calling this a test to see if there is enough “ridership” to warrant its reinstatement then the CTA is funding it out of the ridership budget.

    Yet the design of the route, infrequent and limited hours, suggest that it is being setup as a coverage route. If that is the case then the measurement of utility would not include a ridership goal.

    The problem for both the community and the CTA is that neither is thinking in terms of ridership budgets/routes and coverage budgets/routes. Since neither think in those concepts there is much confusion and frustration in the conversation. Nobody wins.

  • I”m not sure why you think the CTA has designated a ridership bucket and a coverage bucket.

    Their behavior suggests that they’re not separating them out at all, except as regards pressure from aldermen.

    It would be great if they rejiggered their entire economic model along the lines you suggest, but proceeding with our critique as if they already HAVE when they are unlikely ever to do so (absent large outside pressure) doesn’t actually help us achieve anything.

  • The problem for both the community and the CTA is that neither is
    thinking in terms of ridership budgets/routes and coverage
    budgets/routes. Since neither think in those concepts there is much
    confusion and frustration in the conversation. Nobody wins.

    I perhaps should have led with that sentence rather than finishing with it.

    Sorry.

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