Statements and Responses

Forest Park Branch Rebuild Phase 1 Nearing Completion 

September 22, 2023

Commuters Take Action is looking forward to the end of this project and increased speeds throughout the corridor. However, we remain concerned about the post-project service intervals. There has been little communication from the CTA about the October 8th schedule changes.This date is also when we anticipate the release of updated systemwide schedules. Even with only 8 trains per hour scheduled during the peak period now, the CTA misses the mark nearly every day. The average for the branch is 6 trains per hour in each direction compounded with severely inconsistent headways. Commuters Take Action has heard from riders on both ends of the rail closure and on nearby lines about transit conditions. Riders regularly report crowded trains and extensive waits during the morning and evening peak periods. With schedule cuts looming, we can’t see how this could get anything but worse. Chicagoans rely on the CTA to get them to work, school, appointments, and more. This lack of reliability dissuades them from using the system, resulting in further degradation of service. The most vulnerable riders, those with few or no other transportation options, are then left with little to rely on.

It is also disheartening to hear that the accessible path for transfers at Jackson requires riders to navigate the pedway to State Street and then return to Dearborn for shuttle buses. As the closures next week were anticipated, the CTA should have made more effort to ensure a safer and more directly accessible route. This added transfer time will cause riders requiring an accessible path to miss the shuttle buses that depart after the train arrives. 

 Throughout the closure, the digital Train Tracker has not provided estimates for trains traveling between Jackson and UIC. This leaves riders to guess whether a train is coming. We hope the final stages of the project go smoother than the earlier ones. During the first transition, the trackers were inconsistent on which destination was shown. When service was extended to UIC a few weeks back, Train Tracker still showed that trains would terminate at LaSalle. Riders rely on the train tracker and trip planning services to navigate the system. When it is inconsistent or outright wrong, riders bear the burden. 

One Year Since CTA's Meeting the Moment Plan 

August 29, 2023

At Commuters Take Action, we find it hard to believe it's been a full year since CTA's Meeting the Moment plan was unveiled because no real progress has been made toward improving service and experience for Chicago's transit riders. A year later, we still face ghost buses and trains and unpredictably long wait times.

The CTA points to its improved service delivery percentage as a success, but fails to mention that the higher percentages are only because service has been cut—by 21% on the L and 13% on buses. The total number of trains dispatched per day has not increased at all since August of 2022. The CTA continues to call this "schedule optimization," insulting the intelligence of riders who know that service has been cut. A year later, we would expect to be having conversations about restoring service, not worrying about further reductions.

Meeting the Moment continues to highlight the need to increase staffing for both rail and bus operations. President Carter and the CTA's press team continue to claim they're making huge strides toward hiring more operators, so why is that, a year later, the number of rail operators has dropped from 743 to 709, against a budgeted headcount of 839? We know how important it is to properly train employees for this demanding job, but the decrease over the last year seems to indicate that whatever strategies the CTA is implementing to reverse staffing trends simply are not working. Rail operator classes are too small and too infrequent, and the career path required to become a rail operator is not appealing to applicants. On top of that, attrition continues to be high. The CTA needs to do more to attract new operators and retain the ones it still has.

In Meeting the Moment, the CTA promised updating tracking tools to give riders more accurate arrival information. A year later, we're still waiting for that promised overhaul to the tracking technology, and in the meantime, "scheduled" services are still shown on trackers and schedule boards, despite rarely matching the actual bus and rail schedules. That means we're still getting ghosted by buses and trains, a year after Meeting the Moment.

We appreciate the CTA's new performance dashboard as an important step toward better transparency, but we're concerned that the CTA fails to contextualize some of the metrics it shows—like service delivery percentages not accounting for schedule reductions. 

In the Meeting the Moment update under “Enhance safety and security for riders”  section the CTA claims to have “Invested $2 million to expand social service engagement efforts for those seeking shelter on the system and/or struggling with mental health or substance abuse”. During a recent Committee on Housing and Real Estate meeting, the municipal, state, and federal funding that the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) receives to provide Homeless Services in the City of Chicago funding was discussed. The committee provided a full list of this type of funding post meeting in which the $2,000,000 CTA is referring to in MtM was listed. That same report, released last week, states that only $136,000 of the $2,000,000 has been spent. However, the report states that the rest of the funding is set to be fully expended by the end of 2023. It is unfortunate that so little of the funding meant to provide social services to struggling Chicagoans, and a non violent and non criminalizing approach to safety on the CTA, has been utilized. We find it doubtful that if only 6% of funding has been used in the past year that the remaining funds will be used in the next four months. 

We hope that another year from today, we will all experience a much better CTA: one that provides frequent, reliable service, treats its workers well, and is transparent and honest. That is not the CTA of today.

Forest Park Blue Line Branch Rebuild Project On Time; CTA Alerts Riders to Part-B Service Changes Beginning Monday 

August 16, 2023

At Commuters Take Action, we are excited by the progress on the Forest Park Rebuild project. We commend the CTA for being able to resume service to the UIC-Halstead station just in time for fall semester to start at UIC, and we're looking forward to full completion of the first phase of the project to give riders more reliable service.

We are disappointed to continue seeing little information on project impact to riders on the opened sections of the blue line. There was sparse communication about blue line service being reduced between LaSalle and O'Hare in part A, and as of 8/16 there is no information on how often blue line service will run between UIC and O'Hare after 8/20. In part A of the project, the CTA cut blue line service by 14%, and we're unsure whether the service reduction will continue in part B. Given the overcrowding in rush hour with only 7.5 minute intervals at best, more frequent trains would ease the pain for thousands of riders. Since 7/23, rush hour intervals of 10 to 15 minutes have been all too common. Re-opening of the turn-around track at UIC station should allow CTA to run trains more frequently, and we'd like to see trains every 6 minutes at the very least (which was the scheduled interval before the FP Rebuild project. Pre-covid, blue line trains would run every 3 minutes in rush hour). 

We urge the CTA to better inform riders of scheduled service changes. It's embarrassing that station schedules and those at have no mention of service changes. If a rider needs to use the replacement shuttle bus, it's near impossible to plan out the travel time needed - once again the CTA has shared very little in terms of shuttle travel times and frequency. We would also like to see pre-recorded service change announcements on trains, instead of relying on train operators to make these announcements themselves every single time. Digital signage on trains and at stations should have also been updated.

Update: From our observations, it appears that the UIC/Morgan turnaround track will likely not be finished by 8/20. If that's the case, we are worried about the CTA being able to reliably dispatch trains all the way to UIC with the nearest crossover being just East of the LaSalle station. We are hoping that the CTA has a solid plan for operations and would be interested to hear more details about it.

CTA’s Top Leaders Rarely Used Public Transit, Records Show. Now, Officials Call For President To Be Fired 

July 14, 2023

At Commuters Take Action, we are disappointed, but not surprised, that most of the leadership of the CTA used their company issued Ventra cards fewer than 100 times in the past two years. This data shows that almost no one currently leading the CTA actually uses the system enough to understand its day-to-day challenges. For comparison, Commuters Take Action organizers use their Ventra cards between 3 to 4 days a week. Anyone leading the CTA should be using the system at least that much. How can leaders claim to know what’s happening on their system when they don’t ride it? It’s no wonder we haven’t seen more improvement, even as city leaders and the public have put more pressure on CTA leadership—they simply don’t have skin in the game. That’s why we’re calling on the Johnson administration to replace CTA executives who don’t regularly ride the CTA. Regularly using the system they represent should be a minimum job requirement. CTA riders deserve leaders that are truly invested in public transit—and show it by using it themselves. 

CTA Publishes New “Performance” Scorecard, a Meeting the Moment Scorecard Replacement

July 12, 2023

Commuters Take Action is excited about the newly published Performance Scorecard replacing the Meeting the Moment scorecard. It is great to see the CTA continuing to publish more comprehensive data. We’re also happy to see new metrics on ADA accessibility uptime on this new scorecard. 

However, this new scorecard still isn’t telling the whole story. The CTA continues to hide information regarding the service reductions that have been implemented since 2020. To date, the CTA has also not published any information regarding the plan to return service to those levels. Commuters Take Action has created which details the reductions that have been made across the CTA service network. 

Moreover, visuals like the Double/Triple headways chart provide no benchmarks to compare against. For example, is 1,000 occurrences a month a little or a lot? Commuters Take Action recently started calculating headway consistency. We have found that while headways double, or triple the scheduled interval have been reduced - daily operations are not running consistently between the long gaps. The data shows that trains may arrive within a few minutes of each other, a gap then occurs that may be just under double the scheduled headway, not being captured by that visual. 

Updated hiring data was made available with this scorecard. Bus Operator hiring continues to trend upward, which shows in Bus Service Delivery across the service area. Improvement is also noted in areas which were previously experiencing lower-than-average service delivery. However, Rail Operator headcount continues to trend downward, with May showing the lowest number of Rail Operators in available history. Commuters Take Action data shows that the Purple Line is suffering as a result.

Overall CTAction is excited about the CTA’s willingness to continue their expansion on transparency - and we look forward to continued progress towards the CTA’s goals of providing on-time, efficient, courteous, safe and clean service to all Chicagoans. 

CTA Announces Plans for Forest Park Blue Line Branch Rebuild

June 28, 2023

At Commuters Take Action, we welcome the upcoming improvements to the Forest Park branch of the blue line. Riders on the West side of Chicago deserve quality transit, something which they haven’t been able to enjoy in recent years due to the dismal state of repair on that part of the blue line.

Given the chaotic shuttle situation when the Kimball subway was repaired earlier this year, we are concerned about the execution of this project. The CTA urges riders to “plan ahead and allow for extra travel time”, but gives little information on how much extra travel time to account for. There could be a big difference between 5 and 50 extra minutes of travel time due to the replacement shuttle. The CTA should publish a full shuttle schedule, with intervals and travel times available to riders - so that they can actually plan ahead, not just guess ahead. We also wish the express shuttle would operate in both directions to ease the commutes of those working at IMD and beyond.

CTA’s spokesperson mentioned that “wait times along the rest of the (blue) line could be a ‘couple of minutes’ longer”. Does that mean that there will be fewer blue line trains along the rest of the line? If there is no reduction in the number of scheduled trains, then wait times shouldn’t be different. If CTA is planning to further reduce blue line service, they should inform riders by publishing updated schedules. However, we hope there won’t be any further reduction - rush hour blue line trains are already overcrowded (, leading to frustrating commutes and waiting for up to 30-45 minutes for a train that one can fit on.

Lastly we hope that the CTA will learn from mistakes of the past when they renovate the Racine station. Expressway median stations offer substandard rider experience - folks are exposed to high levels of noise and pollutants from the nearby heavy automobile traffic. To make riders’ experience more pleasant and healthier, the CTA should install protective barriers/walls between the platforms and the expressways.

Does CTA Boss Dorval Carter Use Public Transit? Records Show He Swiped Pass Once In 2021 

May 1, 2023

Commuters Take Action is disappointed to hear about CTA President Dorval Carter's low utilization of public transit; however, we're not surprised. The only way President Carter could stand in front of the CTA board and deliver positive Meeting the Moment updates month after month is if he truly doesn't understand the current state of the CTA—and his lack of usage makes it clear that he does not.

The average commuter takes public transit five days a week—both ways—which means that in just two weeks, they would average 20 trips. That’s already more than President Carter managed to use the CTA in two years. Chicagoans who rely on transit use it far more than that. They take buses and trains to grocery stores, schools, social events, and community gatherings. Public transit is a vital asset that gives our city freedom to work, move, and gather.

President Carter averaged just 8.5 trips per year over the last two years, a number that shows he is utterly out of touch with the reality of regular Chicagoans who rely on the CTA. While commuters have experienced endless schedule disruptions, late arrivals, and ghost buses and trains, President Carter has been presumably driving to work each day—while taking a 33% raise. Compare that to the countless Chicagoans who have lost wages or work because they don't have a reliable way to get around.

President Carter's disregard for the people he presumably serves is so blatant that it borders on contempt. In two years, he's claimed CTA service has improved while the number of buses and trains actually running has stayed flat. Riders have continued to have their jobs and lives disrupted by the system's unreliability—all while President Carter patted himself on the back in between his eight trips per year. 

President Carter's performance has already proven he's unfit for his role. And with the news that he doesn't even utilize the system he runs, we can't help but wonder: What will it take for the CTA board and Chicago's leadership to see that he needs to be replaced?

The CTA needs a competent leader who believes in public transit—who lives and breathes it. At the very least, the CTA needs a leader who actually uses public transit. 

We are calling for Dorval Carter to resign immediately, and for our city's leaders to only consider a replacement who fully understands the challenges and unreliability of the current system, and has a vision and a plan for increasing transit service and infrastructure. What an asset it could be to have a leader who cares. 

Commuters Take Action use Blue Line cameras to showcase need for more frequent service

April 17, 2023

During the morning rush hour on Monday, April 17th, 2023, Commuters Take Action (CTAction) took over CTA’s Blue Line live video feed to show the desperate need for more frequent service on Chicago’s crucial transit line. Since March 2023, CTA has been providing a video stream of the Logan Square, California, Western (O’Hare), Damen, Division and Chicago Blue Line stations on weekdays 7-10am to “[help] customers make decisions on when is the best time to ride.” Members of CTAction made signs with the message “RUN MORE TRAINS/COMMUTERS TAKE ACTION” and pointed them at the cameras at each of the six broadcasted stations.

Ever since March 2020, the quality of service on the CTA has been deteriorating. After not acknowledging any disruptions for more than two years, the CTA unveiled their “Meeting the Moment” plan to restore service in August of 2022. Although the CTA’s updated schedules moved us closer to the truth, they also made clear that scheduled service on the blue line has been decimated. The overall number of scheduled trains is down by 21%. The busiest period of rush hour service, between 8:00 and 9:00 am, has seen a reduction from 21 trains per hour to only 10 trains per hour (at California station towards downtown and Forest park). And despite these drastic cuts, the CTA hasn’t been able to consistently deliver even on this - between March 27th and April 14th, the Blue Line has only run the full scheduled 10 trains only 6 out of 15 weekdays. Dispatching trains at consistent intervals also isn’t CTA’s strong suit - despite scheduling trains every 6 minutes, waits of 15 minutes or more during rush hour aren’t uncommon. Even after changing the Blue Line schedule three times since last summer, we rarely see scheduled service delivery above 90%. Anything less than 100% is a failed transit system.

CTA service is essential to keeping the city moving and ensuring Chicagoans can get to work and their loved ones. Workers commuting during rush hour don’t have the luxury to go into work later or not at all if their trains are too crowded to board. Reliable transit options are especially important now given the extensive Kennedy Expressway construction. given While CTAction appreciates the CTA’s gesture, it doesn’t help to solve anything at all. If nothing else, these cameras enable anyone to stalk and track the public, posing a safety threat. Riders on platforms echo the message shown by CTAction - run more trains. Only more frequent and reliable service can make the blue line into the kind of rapid transit that the city can be proud of once again.

Here are some recent reports we received from riders about Blue Line service:

Find this statement at, and keep up to date with Commuters Take Action at Riders can see CTA’s blue line stream at

CTA April 2023 Scorecard and Board Meeting

Commuters Take Action (CTAction) welcomes new additions to CTA’s “Meeting the Moment” scorecard. After months of lack of transparent updates on operator hiring, the CTA finally included statistics on the vital bus and rail operator staffing levels. However, being able to see these numbers doesn’t provide such an optimistic outlook. Compared to a year ago, the CTA has almost 10% less rail operators and virtually the same number of bus operators. Given the CTA’s inability to modernize the rail operator hiring and training process, we remain skeptical that this trend can be turned around. President Carter mentioned that the CTA is able to graduate rail operator classes of 20 students approximately every two months. With current attrition trends, these new operator additions would barely break even, but would not get the agency any closer to restoring full budgeted headcount.

For months, President Carter has been giving bullish updates on how service is improving thanks to aggressive hiring - however, it is now more than evident that any percentual service delivery improvements are almost entirely due to service cuts. Still missing from the report is a breakdown of how CTA’s so-called “service optimizations” have actually affected each route’s scheduled service frequency.

CTAction has also been unimpressed with the new ‘L’ schedules that came into effect on 3/26. A few weeks into effect, every line except for the orange line has had multiple days with service delivery below 90%. Since this is the fourth time CTA has re-shuffled their schedules since last summer, and given (the now known) stagnant number of rail operators, there’s no reason for CTA to be unable to publish accurate schedules. Especially on the blue line, service delivery continues to be dreadful, with train headways becoming even more inconsistent than ever. The occurrences of two bunched trains and then nothing for over 20 minutes are all too common. To keep up to date with daily ‘L’ service stats, follow or check out

Lastly, we welcome the upcoming reinstatement of the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). It is a crucial body to assure that rider feedback is heard by CTA leadership. As it is mandated by Illinois state law, we’re still unsure how it was ever allowed to lapse, and we believe accountability for this negligence needs to be taken. Chicagoans can submit their applications for the CAB by 4/28/2023 at 

CTA 'L' Schedule Changes 3/26/2023

Effective March 26th, 2023, the CTA is updating all of the rail L schedules, with the most drastic changes on the blue line. This is the 2nd large change to rail schedules in the past 6 months, and a 3rd one for the blue line. At Commuters Take Action, we hope that the CTA can consistently deliver close to 100% of this schedule on all L routes. If this cannot be achieved, these changes are practically pointless. Up until now, we've been seeing many routes’ daily percentages in the 70's.

Despite CTA president Carter making promises that L service is improving in his latest board meeting report, these schedules paint a different picture. The new schedules now represent an 18% reduction of service compared to early 2020 (scheduled service was 17% in February 2023 and 12% in January 2023 versions of the schedules). Not mentioned in the press release, red, purple and yellow lines all saw about a further 10% service cut compared to last month.

On the blue line, the scheduled service was increased on the O'Hare branch, but further cut on the Forest Park branch, resulting in 38% cut compared to early 2020. As customary, the CTA isn’t eager to share the news about cutting service in their press release. The CTA notes an addition of two extra AM rush hour trains, but looking at the crucial 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM hour at the California station for Loop bound trains, there's still only 10 of them scheduled. This same one hour block used to have 21 trains pre-pandemic. To see our complete analysis of these schedule changes, visit

Much about the publishing of these new schedules feels amateurish. The CTA unveiled these less than two days before their effective date. As of evening of 3/24/2023, there were no posted notices at L stations about these changes. Riders deserve better communication so that they can adjust their trip planning accordingly. Additionally, some of the new timetables denote train times as "every 20 minutes". With such miserable intervals for rapid transit, riders deserve to be informed of specific arrival times rather than a general 20 minute window. No other agency provides such ambiguous schedules as the CTA.

Illinois State Senate Transportation Committee Special Hearing 3/14/2023

My name is Morgan Madderom and I am an organizer with Commuters Take Action. We are a collective of frustrated Chicago transit riders calling for reliable service and transparency. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Chicago Transit Authority’s service has deteriorated significantly and thousands of commuters are victims to ghost buses and late rides every day. For a long time, the agency was quiet and pushed their message retaining full service, while the reality was far from that. Only after mounting public pressure from the press and organizations like ours did the CTA admit something was wrong with their “Meeting the Moment Plan”.

This plan promised honest communication with riders, accurate schedules and transparent communication with riders. Since then, the CTA has done little to eliminate ghost buses and trains, and pursued their strategy of “optimizing” schedules. Updated L and bus schedules are closer to reality, but the CTA has never acknowledged what everyone knows - that service has been cut. Overall, buses are scheduled with 10% less service than pre-pandemic. On the L, it’s 17%. Some of the worst hit lines are the Madison bus with 23% of service eliminated. 79th street bus is down by 17% and LaSalle bus by a staggering 38%. Last month, CTA decided to further cut the blue line service, and didn’t even bother to announce this change to riders. This crucial line to the airport is now down 39% compared to pre-pandemic.

Even after reducing scheduled trains the CTA is not even able to meet the demand of these schedules, with 3 out of every 10 red line trains getting canceled. We are sympathetic to CTA’s struggles to find bus and train operators, but the agency needs to inform their riders better about how much their essential transportation has been affected. Despite these drastic cuts, President Carter gives monthly updates praising the CTA’s improvements - but riders don’t see any improvements. 

In May, Commuters Take Action will have been organizing around poor CTA service for a year. We ask that the CTA provide fair work conditions to improve retention and hiring, publish accurate schedules and a working tracker, and provide transparency every step of the way.

CTA March 2023 Scorecard and 

Commuters Take Action Response:

Commuters Take Action (CTAction) is once again disappointed in CTA's lack of contextualization in their "Meeting the Moment" updates. In these monthly press releases, CTA praises itself for the continued improvements it's been making. While the need for more accurate schedules has been a core ask of CTAction since its inception, the CTA also needs up to be upfront about how it's achieving better service reliability percentages - by cutting scheduled service. CTA highlights that in February, rail service went up from 80.6% to 82.6%. However, they fail to mention that as of February 1st, they quietly cut down the blue line schedule, which is now down 39% compared to pre-pandemic. We welcome more realistic schedules, but changes need to be communicated to riders. The service on all other lines (except for the pink) actually went down by a few percent in February, as can be seen CTA's own interactive scorecard. In total number of train trips run each day, there's been no upward trend between June 2022 and today; the 'L' continues to hover around 1100 trips on average (this can be seen at Nowhere in their press releases does CTA tell riders how much they've cut each bus or rail route, instead they insist on using the ambiguous term "optimizations". If CTA was committed to honest dialogue with riders, they wouldn't hide the fact that buses have been cut by 10% and 'L' by 17%. Instead, CTAction had to do their own analysis, which can be seen at CTAction submitted a public comment at this month's Chicago Transit Board meeting, but unfortunately president Carter was quick to dismiss our observations and pressed on with his narrative where CTA is doing a stellar job of improving service. At this point, we'd consider it a miracle to hear the words "we cut service" from anyone at the CTA leadership.

CTA February 2023 Scorecard and

Commuters Take Action Response:

Commuters Take Action welcomes the new additions to CTA's February "Meeting the Moment" scorecard. The increased detail of data in regards to service delivered on both bus and rail lines is a welcome step towards more transparency. Riders can now see the history of service on a route-by-route basis.

The bus service improvement from 83% to 93% is commendable, however it should be noted that this is as a result of new reduced schedules, not because more buses were dispatched. CTA's new bus scheduled overall cut service by 10%, with many busy routes seeing cuts of about 20% (see

To CTAction, the most alarming change is the 2/1/2023 adjustment of blue line schedules. This was mentioned by president Carter during the February 8th CTA Board meeting but not publicized otherwise. This change results in blue line service being cut by 39% compared to pre-pandemic. Rush hour service is cut by more than 50% and weekend wait times have increased from 6 minutes to 15 minutes. The blue line now has the worst weekend interval (along with the yellow line), despite being the 2nd busiest and serving O'Hare International airport. Despite these major cuts, CTA still fails to follow this new schedule - for example, Monday February 6th only saw 84% of trains. We continue to receive daily reports of overcrowding on the blue line from our riders. We welcome a more realistic schedule, but we are disappointed by CTA's absolute lack of efforts to communicate this change. Lastly, we'd like to see a plan to return the blue line to full service by the CTA.

In regards to hiring updates, we wish the CTA best of luck with its ambitious 700 bus operator hiring goal for 2023. What's still missing from the scorecard is a glimpse into net operator gains/losses (i.e. attrition). Additionally, rail operator hiring updates are still missing from the presented statistics.

CTA New Year's Eve Service

Commuters Take Action Response:

For 2022 New Year's Eve celebrations, CTA advertised increased service on red, blue and yellow lines. But just as a seasoned Chicago transit rider would expect, the actual delivered service was far worse than advertised. Shown above is blue line arrival data for the California station between midnight (12:00am) and 5:59am on 1/1/2023. The "Scheduled" column reflect the number of regularly scheduled trains on a Sunday early morning and doesn't even account for the advertised extra service. "Actual Arrivals"  column show how many trains really showed up at the station for each 1-hour block. At least 42 trains should've showed up in total for both directions, but only 19 did in reality - with some gaps of over an hour between trains.

While we are somewhat sympathetic to the CTA's worker shortage; we are deeply disappointed at the continued inaccurate communications issued by CTA staff. The announcement that should have been issued that scheduled service will be significantly reduced. The CTA is continuing to post such misinformation on a regular basis, and at this point we must call it what it is - negligence and absolute disregard to CTA riders.

CTA Response:

We have reached out to the CTA media department for a response, but were ghosted. However, Brian Steele gave a typical non-answer on the topic in a Chicago Streetsblog article.

December 2022 Meeting the Moment Scorecard

Commuters Take Action Response:

Commuters Take Action continues to monitor CTA's monthly "Meeting the Moment" scorecard updates. At the December 2022 Chicago Transit Board meeting, CTA president Carter once again gave an overly optimistic look at the state of CTA service. However, upon further look at the scorecard, there are two main aspects that continue to raise concerns:

While we welcome the scorecards as a step towards transparency from the CTA leadership, but we continue to be disappointed by the agency's careful crafting of statistics to hide the real problems and obfuscate the truth. Furthermore, we are frustrated by the Chicago Transit Board's continued, almost unequivocal praise of president Carter's leadership instead of asking pressing questions on the matter.

Chicago Avenue Bus Lanes

Commuters Take Action Response:

Commuters Take Action is excited to hear about the new dedicated bus lanes on Chicago Ave. The implementation of transit infrastructure to speed up service on one of Chicago's busiest bus routes is long overdue. While we are grateful for every improvement, we must note the slow progress on bus service improvements in our great city. Chicago is still (quite literally) miles behind other cities when it comes to implementing new bus lanes. On a busy route such as the #66, there is no reason that the entire route does not have a dedicated, speedy lane. Any Chicagoan who's experienced the delight of traveling on a bus in a dedicated lane knows how quickly these benefits can diminish when an unauthorized vehicle is blocking the way. We need legislature to call for automated bus lane enforcement, such as New York City has championed. We welcome 1st ward Aldersperson LaSpata's efforts to bring such legislation to Illinois. Let's not stop there, Chicago's busiest bus routes could be improved by being converted to light rail or bus rapid transit; the demand and ridership is certainly there. However, we can't forget that any infrastructure improvements are in vain without improved service reliability. Currently, around a quarter of #66 buses are ghosting riders.  A few weeks ago one rider shared this typical experience with us: "66 bus west at Chicago and Orleans. Waited over 20 minutes. The bus was too packed to get on when it finally came and the next one wasn’t scheduled for 19 more minutes." We are wishing CTA buses many fast and unobstructed miles in these lanes, and hoping for more systematic improvements in the future.