Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Faces $10.1 Million Deficit; Claypool Vows No Fare Hikes or Service Cuts (Tribune)
  • CTA to Fix Slow Zones on Blue Line Between Logan Square and Damen (DNA)
  • Another Metra Board Member Asked to Step Down Due to Residency Issues (Tribune)
  • Claypool: Unlike Metra, CTA is Accountable to Voters (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Who Fatally Struck Tibetan Community Leader Gets 4 Years Prison (Tribune)
  • Children Injured in School Bus Crash on 6600 block of South St. Lawrence (Tribune)
  • Palatine Woman Gets 12 Years Prison After 7th DUI (Tribune)
  • American Urban Planners Should Stop Treating Bikes Like Cars (Transitized)
  • Luigi from Mario Bros. Takes a Ride on the Brown Line (Engadget)

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  • Fred

    Will Divvy make the CTA budget gap worse? Would it make more sense if Divvy were under the CTA or RTA umbrella rather than CDOT? Shouldn’t they really be siblings instead of competitors?

  • I think the CTA made a terrible bet (and this was discussed in our comments when we posted about the price increase of the passes). Right now most Divvy trips are taken by 24-hour pass holders, which may have been CTA users.

    To answer your first question, quite possibly Divvy could make the CTA budget gap worse.

    To answer your second and third questions, other cities around the world have more integrated transit and transportation agencies. For example, SFMTA runs buses, light rail, cable cars, regulate taxis, and maintains streets (does bikeway planning and construction). It’s like CTA + CDOT + DBACP (Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection’s Taxi & Limousine Bureau).

  • Al Lux

    very interesting comments re: Divvy and CTA. They really need to integrate the planning and management of public transport services in Chicago. It’s ridiculous.

  • Anne A

    I think it’s possible that Divvy could add to CTA’s woes. Some of my Divvy trips would have been CTA trips if Divvy was not available. These are short distance downtown trips where CTA has not been an efficient option for me. (FYI – I am an annual Divvy member.) The same is true for some of my friends

  • Joseph Musco

    What’s the story with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning? Do they have any real authority? It theory they look like they have the fewest conflicts of interest, the most balanced composition on their board, and the most integrated public mission. In practice they strike me as a weak political player.

  • Their authority is to make a regional plan. They also are the administrator of CMAQ funds and Transportaion Alternatives

  • Fred

    Its also insane that to commute into the city via Metra, then hop on a bus to work, then go to lunch on a Divvy bike currently requires not one, not two, but three!! different payment methods. Its sad that Divvy is only considered public transit-ish. I hope that changes in the near future. Universal farecards and Divvy integration into Google Maps would go a long way towards this.

  • Fred

    Something is going to happen with the passes in the next year; it has to. Either the prices will come down a few bucks or they will be eliminated to save overhead.

  • Anonymous

    Steven, I’m a little confused about what happened here. Doesn’t the large revenue shortfall imply that most of those lost 7 day pass customers are actually opting not to take the CTA at all? The article says that customers are instead choosing passes like 1 or 3 days, but if that’s the case I would think the impact wouldn’t be this drastic (obviously the hope is that someone buys a 7 day pass but only rides once or twice, so they’ll lose more of those folks). Just curious thanks.