CTA to tackle bus bunching with more mobile supervisors
The CTA and Ron Huberman are listening -- and acting on -- our growing complaints about bus bunching.
Tuesday Huberman said the CTA plans to get bus supervisors out of their wooden booths and onto the streets in hybrid vehicles with GPS phones to proactively tackle bunching problems. That may mean that they put passengers from one bus onto another "express" bus, or turn one around and head it in the opposite direction.
From the Tribune report:
"The days of you seeing a CTA bus driver with a clipboard sitting there in a little wooden booth methodically counting buses are over," Mayor Richard Daley said Tuesday. "Even better, CTA riders will decreasingly have to endure the frustration of what feels like endless waiting only to see three buses arrive at the same time."
That's music to our ears. Huberman warns that the bunching problem won't be totally eliminated with this idea, which he says is unique to Chicago. But it's got to help.
The CTA also plans to eliminate almost 30% of the bus supervisor jobs -- from 70 to 50. That would amount to a savings of about $1.2 million after accounting for the cost of the new vehicles and GPS systems.