Changes to bus #145/48…we need your help!

I recently contacted the Alderman’s office regarding the pending changes to the critical bus line that services so many of us, below was the response. Please contact the CTA to let them know you don’t want this service to discontinue. I am optimistic that the more voices they hear, the more chance we have to save it. Thanks so much!

“Alderman Pawar is extremely disappointed with the CTA’s decision on this. We believe that this cut is going to severely impact many residents and businesses in our ward who depend on routes slated to be cut like the #11 Lincoln and #145 Wilson express buses. We fought very hard to express this to CTA President Claypool and the board. The Alderman had been on the phone with the board members before the vote stressing the impact of these cuts and despite our efforts, wrote formal letters, and gave testimony alongside the thousands of residents who responded to this, the CTA board approved their plan for efficiency, disregarding the impacts to the community.

We will continue to appeal to the CTA that these cuts will be detrimental to many residents of the community and should be reconsidered.

You and your neighbors should continue to let the CTA know how these cuts affect you, you can email Feedback@trasnitchicago.com. You can also email President Claypool and the board through CTA Secretary Longhini at glonghini1@transitchicago.com to express your concerns as well. Or call 312-681-5022. To submit a written statement other than email you can send a fax to: 312-681-5035 or mail: Gregory Longhini, Office of the Secretary, CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60661.

We will include any updates to the situation in our weekly newsletter. If you do not receive this, please subscribe on our website http://www.chicago47.org.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sabrina on September 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I contacted the CTA about this last week- and our email exchange is below….. not very promising unfortunately. Sounds like they consider it a done deal- it was voted on and approved already.
    —–

    Thank you for your comments. On 9/12/12, the Chicago Transit Board approved a wide-ranging plan that will add bus and train service to high-demand routes across the entire city, reducing uncomfortable crowding and helping meet growing ridership demand.

    Although, it was a difficult decision to reduce service, the additions to service will reduce the time between trains and buses and lower peak crowd loads by 10 to 15 percent in most cases. As the implementation date of December 16, 2012 approaches, we will be providing more details.

    For more information, please see the following link:

    http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Month=&Year=&Category=2&ArticleId=3082

    We appreciate and value your use of the transit service.

    CTA FEEDBACK TEAM

    Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 2:28 PM
    To: Feedback
    Subject: Please bring back route 145 Bus service

    Hi- I am writing today on behalf of people who live west of Clark St. and use the Wilson 145 route. PLEASE-reconsider discontinuing its service. We moved to this area because of the bus- door to door service to downtown. With elderly friends/family who visit us this is also a great convenience. Now we are left with no options to get to the East side of downtown without having to walk several blocks to the trains and in the winter, that is not even an option.

    This change didn’t seem like it was considered with input from the neighbors as I know the 47th alderman opposed the closing-Please help our neighbors still be proud of the great CTA service available in our neighborhood!

    Thanks for your consideration,

    Reply

  2. Posted by Gary Gianni on September 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I tried to write and it would not send-said wrong address. I even corrected the transit part. Can you send a better address to send to. Thanks!

    ________________________________

    Reply

    • Thanks Gary,
      I’m sorry, that is the only email address I have. If it’s still not working for you, please send it via postal service to: Gregory Longhini, Office of the Secretary, CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60661
      Best,
      Rebecca

      Reply

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