Friday, May 25, 2007

CTA Cuts

It must be nice to be the anointed one for this Administration. If you hold your nose long enough, you can do all sorts of dirty work for various Departments:
  • Channel 5 - CTA President Ron Huberman said drastic cuts will be necessary to comply with a directive from the RTA as a contingency plan to balance its 2007 budget. He said in a release that he will recommend a plan calling for further administrative cuts, fare hikes, a 13 percent reduction in bus and rail service, and the transfer of nearly $57 million in capital funds intended for renovating buses and rail cars.
  • Huberman said he is recommending this approach because of all the scenarios evaluated, it lessened the immediate impact on customers. 58 percent of the necessary funds would come from a transfer of capital and only 15 percent from service reductions and 21 percent from fare increases. Every scenario included 6 percent from administrative reductions.
6% Adminstrative reductions? Bwahahaha. You could cut out an entire layer of redundant bureaucratic middle managers at the CTA, not to mention the CPS and god only knows how many spots at our own 35th Street and probably save the taxpayers hundreds of millions. We haven't read how he's going to gut pension contributions yet, but it's coming.

And in case you wonder about the timing:
  • Channel 2 - "We would have to develop plans to inform customers of the proposed changes. Basically, the timing of this announcement was driven by a number of factors. I point that out because some of you may jump to the conclusion that we are making this announcement in order to put pressure on the state legislature. Let me be very clear that this is not the case," Huberman said.
Ron, stop lying. This is exactly you putting pressure on Springfield - or rather, Daley acting through you. Even though we haven't sat down with an actual CTA Bus and Rail map yet, we notice a large number of the cuts appear to be in certain communities that tend to vote straight democratic. The puppetmaster continues to pull all the strings.

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22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine living like him. There is no way he can look at himself in the mirror and like what he sees. He must not have a soul. I have a conscience and cannot understand how one can live without one. May GOD have mercy on your soul RH.

5/25/2007 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. Boy wonder was a joke at oec and he will be a joke at cta. Bet he's running around asking all the bus drivers what their opinions are of the dept and how they would see fit to fix the problems. He's very good at solicting feedback, then using it like it was an original thought. But here's the kicker he has no original thought,even the press conference he said nothing. Cut back and increase price. That should help things. I don't take a bus now because of lack of service and price. I'm sure this will really overflow the coin box.
At oec he created a chain of panic amongst all of the upper management, which naturally trickled down to the working stiff on the operations floor and inevitably outwards to the field units. He approved excessive punishments (suspension days) and put in place bosses who not only were incompetent but would give Hilter a run for his money.
I'm sure he will do the same thing to all of the poor saps working at cta. Good luck cta, dot your I's and cross your t's, if moral was down before it's about to plummet another ten stories.

5/25/2007 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its just like ronny boy to show everyone how to take it in the ass!

5/25/2007 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever been to the CTA headquarters at 564 W. Lake St.?
It's a beautiful (and I'm sure expensive) building. If you want to laugh and cry at the same time, go see what comes in and out of that building wearing CTA credentials. Only six percent cuts there????? Shame on you Ronnie lad!

5/25/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was wonderkid at cpd then he took care of daley most likely privately now he is "superron" "that's just super", wow now the ax man at cta! Hey Ronnie Boy cut all the middle managers at cta,cps, and look at all the fat at cpd! Why do we need a commander making 155K? worthless job! Why then does the city also allow a clout bullshit "District manager" making 110K at every station? We then donot need a bullshit commander spot then!

5/25/2007 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares I dont ride the CTA, neither does my wife. Jack those fares up Ronny Boy it only hurts the people using that crap transit system.

5/25/2007 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If RH wants the po-po to pay to ride then don't ride. Not that a lot of us do, but once the bad guys know that po-po will only be there in uniform the fun
will really begin.

5/25/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When your house is on fire, you call a fireman.

When your robbed, you call a policeman.

When your sick you call a doctor.

In chicago when you have a massive problem with transit, you call a political hack. (With ZERO transit management experience)

Keek voting democRAT

5/25/2007 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like huberman would be a good choice for superintendent

5/25/2007 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, once he destroys the CTA, we WILL NEVER get the olympics here. So things might not be that bad after all. Furthermore, if he makes PO's pay for the bus/ train, I for one will never write another mover again because I refuse to pay to go to traffic court. Pay the fare to go to court to make the city money in court. This guy is a royal douche bag.

5/25/2007 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make cops pay full price, even on duty.

5/25/2007 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron... why are you such a kiss ass? Well better that he was made the head of cta than the cpd

5/25/2007 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go ahead raise the fares.... that tin star of mine is now worth even more... free rides yeah!!!!!!!!!

5/25/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous SGT GHANE DA STROKE said...

IS THAT STROK STILL CARRYING HIS BADGE. IVE NEVER SEEN HIS NAME ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE ORDER.

IF HE IS IS THAT LIKE GHOST PAYROLLING BECAUSE HE SILL WOULD BE ACCUMULATING SENIORITY AND PENSION...

JUST A QUESTION!

5/25/2007 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take the metra. Runs better, cleaner, no bust-outs. F*ck this city and the know-it-all political hacks. What will RH be in charge of next? Perhaps when RH leaves to "clean-up" another messy dept, they could put the GED whiz Cortez Trotter in. Oh wait, yea he is running our Emergency Management.
God help this city.

5/25/2007 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Ronny said in the beginning he was going to solve the CTA's problems and not cut any services. To the state, don't give them a dime!

5/25/2007 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looked on computer ronnie boy is still cpd is he carrying a gun? does he qualify? Is he taking from our pension fund? leech! does he have a car and driver?

5/25/2007 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY DO THE CTAS IRONWORKERS MAKE OVER #250,000 PER YEAR? SLEEPING IN BUSSES AT DOUBLE TIME? WHY DID ONE OF THEIR CLOUTED KIDS 19 YEARS OLD GET A JOB AS APPRENTICE IRON WORKER MAKING $90,000 FIRST YEAR? I REMEMBER A KID GETTING A JOB AS CITY HOUSING INSPECTOR AND THE PAPERS WENT WILD WITH THIS STORY! WHY DO MOST OF THE CTA IRONWORKERS ALSO LIVE IN INDIANA? NOTHING LIKE TAKING OUR TAX MONEY TO ANOTHER STATE! MUST TO NICE TO HAVE THE CLOUT HELLO RONNIE HUBERMAN ARE THESE YOUR FRIENDS? OR WOULD YOU REALLY RATHER CUT BUS SERVICE AND PAY CLOUT MORE$$$$ WHAT INVESTIGATION? BY INEMPY INVESTIGATORS?

5/26/2007 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not forget:

Years ago the police did not issue i.d. cards, your i.d. was from cta with your picture on it. Ron was too young to remember.

It's just amazing how a guy in that job for only a few weeks can have the forsight to run it and make major decisions so quickly!

Good boy Ron?

Why did'nt you fix up the CPD the same way?

That's why they keep moving you around Ron. You just don't get the big picture. As soon as you get into critical areas (that might F-ck up the administration), they more you to another important job within the city.

Please stay away from us (CPD), we can't take anymore of your brainstorms.

The Troops you trampled.

5/26/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about cutting huberams spot? would save lots of cash! Does he still have a new car and driver? How many drivers on payroll ronnie? How did you get your spot? was it a "friend" that gave daley money that helped you get your start, into hurting people? "Mr. Wizard, Mr Wizard", wave your wand and please leave like the rest of the fairies! Thank You!!

5/27/2007 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loa order was issued. rh is loa as of 30 APR 07 from his deputy superintendent spot.

5/27/2007 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seiser and Huberman were in the same policeacademy class. It's true. Look it up.

Some of the greatness of Seiser rubbed off on Huberman. Seiser doesn't need a phone call to Huberman or Daley. He can make it his own way.

5/28/2007 10:16:00 PM  

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