Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Only 68 Cars?

  • There's a certain irony in a mass-transit agency providing cars to its employees.

    It's likely most company car assignments are justified, says Richard Rodriguez, president of the CTA. But the CTA might be giving cars to too many people, Rodriguez says.

    The CTA provides "company cars" with take-home privileges to 68 employees, agency records show. They include 38 upper-level managers who are paid more than $100,000 a year.

  • The number of people with CTA cars is relatively small compared with its overall work force of about 11,000. Most employees with cars have them because they are on call around the clock and have to travel throughout the CTA's service area.
Gee. 11,000 employees. On call. Travel around the city. And the CTA gives out 68 cars.

We wonder if any other City Departments give out that many cars?

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28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are they going to do a story on the people that have take home cars on this job? How about a post where everyone can nominate people for the least needed take home car. I will start it with why does the lt. of central dentention need a take home car? Next

6/16/2009 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CFD probably gives away that many and on;y has 4500 workers. And the police have about the same amount of workers but give away a lot more cars then that.

6/16/2009 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares, we have ghost students at our public schools !!

6/16/2009 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the CTA really needs is ........ more cow bells.

6/16/2009 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

68 cars? You assholes! Take mass transit so you can enjoy the "experience" of getting robbed on a platform!

6/16/2009 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

point?

6/16/2009 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah and how many are laid up? I would love to see those numbers. That is news worthy. CTA possibly the worlds dangerous job.

6/16/2009 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scc, CTA is state supported NOT OWNED!!!

6/16/2009 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All take home vehicles should have M-plates! This would identify them as City owned vehicles and would help prevent them being used as privately owned vehicles.

Besides the M-plate costs the City a one time expenditure were the current practice of exempt vehicles having regularly licensed plates requires a yearly expenditure.

6/16/2009 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember many years ago a CTA bus driver(in uniform) tried to put me and my tact team out of a bar,on Irving Park RD., after closing. Now I know why he did that.It's Not because he thought he was helping the bar owner out,as we all thought,it's because they out number us.

6/16/2009 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good thing they have take home cars and OUR SWAT TEAM DOES NOT. But hell, I'm sure whatever they are responding to is much more important than anything the SWAT team gets called out for.

6/16/2009 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narcotics, the post child for too many take home cars...and people for that matter.

6/16/2009 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The number of people with CTA cars is relatively small compared with its overall work force of about 11,000. Most employees with cars have them because they are on call around the clock and have to travel throughout the CTA's service area.
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If it is in the CTA's service area why can't they take the CTA to wherever they are going?

6/16/2009 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's state supported alright..seems like every year we're "bailing" them out yet again. The gross incompetence and mismanagement goes all over. This system is not sustainable. It'll all come crashing down eventually, because there's too many idiots abusing the system.

6/16/2009 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the CTA has their own inspector general office, so to speak. The investigators have take home cars to spy on the employees.

6/16/2009 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am retired a few years, but I did work in the HQ in the mid 90's. There were many take home cars of people assigned to the bldg, sworn and civilian,and many of these people were not management. In addition. the Dep Supt kept a list of people who were granted parking spaces in the lots, most of whome were civiians.It was nothing but a clout arrangement. Most of the take home cars are not needed for " call-outs". The exempts and others who have take home cars should pay income tax on personal use of the car, the same as those folks in private industry. That would stop it. I recall the issue being grieved to the FOP, which did nothing about it. Some things just do not change

6/16/2009 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Ralph Kramden said...

Any take home buses?

6/16/2009 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I 'd grab a free car if I worked for CTA. I certainly despise having to ride the L/Bus.

6/16/2009 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should see how many CTA supervisor cars are driving around the south suburbs, tri-state tollway, and areas where there is and has never been any CTA service?

Don't they have GPS on their vehicles?

Does anybody check it?

6/16/2009 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

When I'm Mayor that will end, they'll just have to take Mass Trans. When they bitch and complain about all the problems, then they have some new tasks to fix.

6/16/2009 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I pay $2.00 a pop to help fuel their gas tanks and pockets??? FUCK THAT!

6/16/2009 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do academy lts need take home cars?

6/16/2009 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All take home vehicles should have M-plates! This would identify them as City owned vehicles and would help prevent them being used as privately owned vehicles.
Besides the M-plate costs the City a one time expenditure were the current practice of exempt vehicles having regularly licensed plates requires a yearly expenditure.
6/16/2009 07:25:00 AM

Yup. And the fee for 'M' Plates?
$1.00 non expiring for the life of the plate.

6/16/2009 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why the $&#^ can't these 100000 dollar a year primadonnas have a supervisor in a 'bus operations' Ford Escape pick them up from home in an emergency?? We gotta take our personal cars or CTA to or from work, why can't they?

6/16/2009 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
And why the $&#^ can't these 100000 dollar a year primadonnas have a supervisor in a 'bus operations' Ford Escape pick them up from home in an emergency?? We gotta take our personal cars or CTA to or from work, why can't they?

6/16/2009 07:48:00 PM

By the same token why do bosses need any take home cars? They could send a beat car to their home and pick them up if they are really needed! More millions saved!

6/17/2009 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why do academy lts need take home cars?

6/16/2009 04:49:00 PM

Why does the mayor have 2 commanders with take home cras? districy commanders have up to 300 to supervise and get a car, daleys has 30 total and they need new take home cars? With personal plates we pay for?

6/17/2009 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Ticket CTA M plates when they are parked Illegally.

I do.

6/17/2009 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Why do academy lts need take home cars?

6/16/2009 04:49:00 PM

Why does the mayor have 2 commanders with take home cras? districy commanders have up to 300 to supervise and get a car, daleys has 30 total and they need new take home cars? With personal plates we pay for?

6/17/2009 10:31:00 AM

STFU Give me more cannolis,and pasta, leave dis guys alone like!

6/17/2009 10:06:00 PM  

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