Updates: Transit funding; more deep-cleaning details
The Sun-Times reported Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Emil Jones is open to putting a sales tax hike to vote to provide sustained funding for the CTA and other transit agencies.
We already know that the House is unlikely to support the Senate-passed capital bill centered around new and expanded casinos. So it's good to know there's still a decent chance to get the sales-tax increase passed when the Legislature meets next week.
More details on deep-cleanings of trains, buses. The Sun-Times on Monday followed-up on the CTA Tattler scoop about how the CTA is using new cleaning methods on both the floors and fabric seat covers.
From the Sun-Times: "A train could go as long as nine months before it had a detailed clean," Ron Huberman said. "We had a lot of employees picking garbage off of platforms and we didn't have enough employees doing general cleans." Now, the goal is to deep clean vehicles every two to three weeks. To do that, the CTA has shifted 50 people on the rail side from cleaning platforms to scrubbing trains. A similar reorganization will be done for buses, Huberman said.
Here's another example of Huberman shifting resources to improve the quality of life for CTA riders -- as he did in fixing the slow zones.
Heinous, vulgar comments. I rarely delete or edit comments. I admit, things got a little dicey in comments here this summer when people really got their dander up because the CTA was following through on the threat to cut service and raise fares without more funding.
So I wanted to tell you why I deleted a comment last night. Maybe some of you actually saw it, because I left it up for awhile. It was a comment on a post about Best Cellers. The commenter used noun "M-F*ers" in the first sentence. He described a "FAT F*ING white trash trailer park f*ing looking like B**CH of about thirty-five just gabbing away" very loudly on her cell phone on a bus. She gave her own cell phone number out loud on the bus, and the commenter wrote it down, and then called her surreptitiously and berated her for talking so loudly and inanely.
Now, I've written many times here about loud and obnoxious cell phone users. And I actually am in favor of letting people know that they are loud and obnoxious, but I think that should be done politely. And I don't really want to see all that hate and those vulgarities on my blog. OK?