It could be worse -- we could be in New York City; the "Pokey" award
Here in Chicago, the CTA faced about a $50 million budget gap for 2009, which it plugged with a fare increase, but no service cuts.
In New York City today, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reveal its budget and how it plans to deal with a $1.2 billion shortfall. So yes, it could have been much worse for us, were it not for the sales tax increase passed early this year.
The New York Times reports that an 8% hike in fares and tolls will cover about half of that. But Gotham City passengers are waiting for the other shoe to drop -- in the form of expected heavy service cuts.
And while we're talking about the MTA, check out this New York Magazine story about which bus gets the Pokie and Schleppie awards for being "slower than chickens walking." The "winning" bus moves at 3.7 mph.
So, which CTA bus do yo think should win our own CTA Tattler Pokie award? Or should be call it the Bunchie? (Hat tip to Jasmine.)