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From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILTransportation accounts for 1/3 of a city’s carbon dioxide emissions...
10/04/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Transportation accounts for 1/3 of a city’s carbon dioxide emissions, on average, outstripping other sources like heating, industry and waste.
At the moment, only 16% of city buses worldwide are electric.
https://vervetimes.com/trams-cable-cars-electric-ferries-how-cities-are-rethinking-transit/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Transportation accounts for 1/3 of a city’s carbon dioxide emissions, on average, outstripping other sources like heating, industry and waste.
At the moment, only 16% of city buses worldwide are electric.
https://vervetimes.com/trams-cable-cars-electric-ferries-how-cities-are-rethinking-transit/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILAUSTIN (TX) — With 197 electric buses approved for purchase by the C...
09/28/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
AUSTIN (TX) — With 197 electric buses approved for purchase by the Capital Metro Board of Directors Monday, officials said Austin now leads with the largest electric bus purchase nationwide. The city will now be home to more than 200 electric vehicles as part of its zero-emissions public transit fleet.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone for CapMetro as we strive to provide safe, clean and equitable transportation for our community for generations to come,” CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke said in the release. “Public transportation has a bright future in Central Texas as we continue to bring Project Connect to life in the coming years. With this electric bus procurement, we are showing our dedication to a cleaner tomorrow.”

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
AUSTIN (TX) — With 197 electric buses approved for purchase by the Capital Metro Board of Directors Monday, officials said Austin now leads with the largest electric bus purchase nationwide. The city will now be home to more than 200 electric vehicles as part of its zero-emissions public transit fleet.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone for CapMetro as we strive to provide safe, clean and equitable transportation for our community for generations to come,” CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke said in the release. “Public transportation has a bright future in Central Texas as we continue to bring Project Connect to life in the coming years. With this electric bus procurement, we are showing our dedication to a cleaner tomorrow.”

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILFree electric cab service  -  St. Louis, Austin, etcfocuses on offer...
09/28/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Free electric cab service - St. Louis, Austin, etc
focuses on offering last-mile service from a rail or rapid bus station to a rider’s workplace, home or shopping destination.
https://stlpartnership.com/free-electric-cabs-roll-out-in-downtown/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Free electric cab service - St. Louis, Austin, etc
focuses on offering last-mile service from a rail or rapid bus station to a rider’s workplace, home or shopping destination.
https://stlpartnership.com/free-electric-cabs-roll-out-in-downtown/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILCelebrate Zero Emissions Day and World Car Free Day Sept 21/22https:...
09/13/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Celebrate Zero Emissions Day and World Car Free Day Sept 21/22
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/09/20/celebrate-zero-emissions-day-and-world-car-free-day/
and
https://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Celebrate Zero Emissions Day and World Car Free Day Sept 21/22
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/09/20/celebrate-zero-emissions-day-and-world-car-free-day/
and
https://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago ILhttps://www.facebook.com/CTAridersTransit mask mandate extended to Ja...
09/03/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago IL
https://www.facebook.com/CTAriders
Transit mask mandate extended to January
The Biden Administration confirmed earlier this week that the Transportation Security Administration will extend the requirement for all travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses, and at airports and train stations through January 18, 2022, to address ongoing COVID-19 risks. The original mandate was set to expire on September 13.

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago IL
https://www.facebook.com/CTAriders
Transit mask mandate extended to January
The Biden Administration confirmed earlier this week that the Transportation Security Administration will extend the requirement for all travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses, and at airports and train stations through January 18, 2022, to address ongoing COVID-19 risks. The original mandate was set to expire on September 13.

Electric Buses Are Poised to Get a U.S. Infrastructure BoostAn estimated 500 barrels of diesel are displaced each day fo...
08/18/2021
Electric Buses Are Poised to Get a U.S. Infrastructure Boost

Electric Buses Are Poised to Get a U.S. Infrastructure Boost
An estimated 500 barrels of diesel are displaced each day for every 1,000 e-buses on the road. And unlike cars, there’s less range anxiety because city buses typically follow planned routes and can be charged overnight in depots.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-08-13/electric-buses-are-poised-to-get-a-u-s-infrastructure-boost

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From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL$39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and fre...
08/12/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
$39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.
called “the largest federal investment in public transit in history.”
How Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Impacts Rail, Transit
https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/how-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal-impacts-rail-transit/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
$39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.
called “the largest federal investment in public transit in history.”
How Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Impacts Rail, Transit
https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/how-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal-impacts-rail-transit/

CTA Response to Memorandum sent regarding Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate During Eventhttp://www.ctariders.org/CTA-Respo...
08/06/2021

CTA Response to Memorandum sent regarding Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate During Event
http://www.ctariders.org/CTA-Response-to-Concerns-re-Mask-Mandate.html
Forwarded by The People's Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19, and
Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders
ORIGINAL MEMO TO CTA OF CONCERNS
http://www.ctariders.org/Memo-on-Mask-Mandate-to-CTA.html

CTA Response to Memorandum sent regarding Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate During Event
http://www.ctariders.org/CTA-Response-to-Concerns-re-Mask-Mandate.html
Forwarded by The People's Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19, and
Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders
ORIGINAL MEMO TO CTA OF CONCERNS
http://www.ctariders.org/Memo-on-Mask-Mandate-to-CTA.html

Memo to CTA on Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate during EventFrom Citizens Taking Action for transit, and thePeople’s Resp...
08/05/2021

Memo to CTA on Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate during Event
From Citizens Taking Action for transit, and the
People’s Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19
http://www.ctariders.org/Memo-on-Mask-Mandate-to-CTA.html

Lester L. Barclay, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board
Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President.
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Re: Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate during Event

Per discussion with the members of the People’s Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19, to which I belong, I would like to express concerns regarding the apparent complete failure to enforce the mask mandate last weekend for the lakefront festival, Lollapalooza.

I presume that this situation may perhaps not be unique, but took place as well on Pace and Metra.

I am personally aware of the transit agency’s efforts since the onset of the pandemic to engage in “best practices” to ensure the safety of operating personnel and passengers, and applaud your efforts in this regard. I also appreciate the transit agency’s efforts to of maintain service at pre-pandemic levels, despite the obvious loss of fare box revenue.

While there are circumstances which can qualify as “unforeseen conditions,” I believe the agency could, however, have taken measures in advance to prohibit anyone without a mask from being a passenger this past weekend. Additional signage, announcements by Customer Assistants (CA) in stations, or assignment of security personnel at high traffic locations to hand out masks and request compliance, are just a few measures that come to mind.

I have personally witnessed instances of "self-enforcement" among passengers regarding the wearing of masks, and I believe you agree with me that these situations should be avoided. CTA personnel have on occasion acted to request compliance. These essential personnel are entitled by labor law and negotiated agreements to a safe workplace.

The transit professionals at CTA are experienced and capable of developing a plan to preclude a recurrence, and hope that this matter is given a priority by managers of the system.

Sincerely,
Charles Paidock, Secretary
Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders
www.ctariders.org
[email protected]
(312) 842-5035 office, (312) 714-7790 cell

Memo to CTA on Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate during Event
From Citizens Taking Action for transit, and the
People’s Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19
http://www.ctariders.org/Memo-on-Mask-Mandate-to-CTA.html

Lester L. Barclay, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board
Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President.
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Re: Failure to Enforce Mask Mandate during Event

Per discussion with the members of the People’s Response Network (PRN) to Covid-19, to which I belong, I would like to express concerns regarding the apparent complete failure to enforce the mask mandate last weekend for the lakefront festival, Lollapalooza.

I presume that this situation may perhaps not be unique, but took place as well on Pace and Metra.

I am personally aware of the transit agency’s efforts since the onset of the pandemic to engage in “best practices” to ensure the safety of operating personnel and passengers, and applaud your efforts in this regard. I also appreciate the transit agency’s efforts to of maintain service at pre-pandemic levels, despite the obvious loss of fare box revenue.

While there are circumstances which can qualify as “unforeseen conditions,” I believe the agency could, however, have taken measures in advance to prohibit anyone without a mask from being a passenger this past weekend. Additional signage, announcements by Customer Assistants (CA) in stations, or assignment of security personnel at high traffic locations to hand out masks and request compliance, are just a few measures that come to mind.

I have personally witnessed instances of "self-enforcement" among passengers regarding the wearing of masks, and I believe you agree with me that these situations should be avoided. CTA personnel have on occasion acted to request compliance. These essential personnel are entitled by labor law and negotiated agreements to a safe workplace.

The transit professionals at CTA are experienced and capable of developing a plan to preclude a recurrence, and hope that this matter is given a priority by managers of the system.

Sincerely,
Charles Paidock, Secretary
Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders
www.ctariders.org
[email protected]
(312) 842-5035 office, (312) 714-7790 cell

Per federal mandate, state order and CTA Rules of Conduct, masks or face coverings are required in public places and on ...
08/02/2021

Per federal mandate, state order and CTA Rules of Conduct, masks or face coverings are required in public places and on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all passengers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA.
https://www.transitchicago.com/coronavirus/masks/#:~:text=Per%20federal%20mandate%2C%20state%20order%20and%20CTA%20Rules,or%20facility%20owned%20and%20operated%20by%20the%20CTA.

Per federal mandate, state order and CTA Rules of Conduct, masks or face coverings are required in public places and on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all passengers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA.
https://www.transitchicago.com/coronavirus/masks/#:~:text=Per%20federal%20mandate%2C%20state%20order%20and%20CTA%20Rules,or%20facility%20owned%20and%20operated%20by%20the%20CTA.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced a mandatory vaccination requirement for the agency's 800-plus...
07/26/2021

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced a mandatory vaccination requirement for the agency's 800-plus employees. All employees, including those currently fully vaccinated are required to provide valid proof of vaccination.
https://www.metro-magazine.com/10148030/new-orleans-rta-requiring-vaccination-for-all-employees

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced a mandatory vaccination requirement for the agency's 800-plus employees. All employees, including those currently fully vaccinated are required to provide valid proof of vaccination.
https://www.metro-magazine.com/10148030/new-orleans-rta-requiring-vaccination-for-all-employees

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILPace Bus Launches Campaign to Welcome Back RidersMany suspended and ...
07/22/2021
Pace Bus Launches Campaign to Welcome Back Riders | Pace Suburban Bus

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Pace Bus Launches Campaign to Welcome Back Riders
Many suspended and reduced services to resume operations in August
https://www.pacebus.com/news/pace-bus-launches-campaign-welcome-back-riders

Pace Bus Launches Campaign to Welcome Back Riders Press Release Date Issued Thu, 07/22/2021 Many suspended and reduced services to resume operations in August ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – Pace Suburban Bus has launched a new marketing campaign to welcome back lapsed riders and let them know that transi...

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILTransportation is the largest and fastest-growing source of U.S. gre...
07/03/2021

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Transportation is the largest and fastest-growing source of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions
We should stop subsidizing roads and spend those savings on our resource-starved mass transit systems.
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/29/commentary-fund-public-transit-not-more-roads/

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Transportation is the largest and fastest-growing source of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions
We should stop subsidizing roads and spend those savings on our resource-starved mass transit systems.
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/29/commentary-fund-public-transit-not-more-roads/

"Green Transportation Re-Imagined," Panel of 5 SpeakersJuly 7, 2021 6:45 – 9:00 pm CT, zOOMWhy should we have a transpor...
07/01/2021

"Green Transportation Re-Imagined," Panel of 5 Speakers
July 7, 2021 6:45 – 9:00 pm CT, zOOM
Why should we have a transportation policy that emphasizes the use of mass transit and alternatives to the automobile and truck and air travel for transport? Why should we have a major public investment in mass transportation, so that such systems are cheap or free to the public and are safe, and accessible to all? What are the most ecologically sound forms of transportation that minimize pollution and maximize efficiency?
Gateway Green Alliance
Green Party of St. Louis, MO
REGISTRATION
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nVBeH120R7ueX3KnZV1mZw

"Green Transportation Re-Imagined," Panel of 5 Speakers
July 7, 2021 6:45 – 9:00 pm CT, zOOM
Why should we have a transportation policy that emphasizes the use of mass transit and alternatives to the automobile and truck and air travel for transport? Why should we have a major public investment in mass transportation, so that such systems are cheap or free to the public and are safe, and accessible to all? What are the most ecologically sound forms of transportation that minimize pollution and maximize efficiency?
Gateway Green Alliance
Green Party of St. Louis, MO
REGISTRATION
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nVBeH120R7ueX3KnZV1mZw

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, ILThree Ways Technology Is Helping Public Transportation Become More S...
06/29/2021
Council Post: Three Ways Technology Is Helping Public Transportation Become More Sustainable

From Citizens Taking Action for transit, Chicago, IL
Three Ways Technology Is Helping Public Transportation Become More Sustainable
1. Digital Monitoring And IoT
2. Air Purification Systems
3. Electrification of Buses
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2021/06/28/three-ways-technology-is-helping-public-transportation-become-more-sustainable/

It’s sustainable innovation and advancements like digital monitoring, air purification systems and electrification that will help increase bus usage and accelerate cities' carbon neutral efforts.

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Public Transit Issues Questionnaire for Candidates for Election in November 2018

As your constituents we are seeking your comments and/or answers to the below questionnaire. Please return the questionnaire and/or send any general comments, or positions taken, by you regarding public transit. Questionnaire is available on-line at: http://www.ctariders.org/Questionnaire.html

DO YOU: Strongly Agree / Mildly Agree / Neutral / Mildly Disagree / Strongly Disagree


  • Public transit / train services in my district right now are adequate.

  • During tough budget times, riders should expect cuts in service/an increase in fares.
  • Nearby government services


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    The CTA is launching a color-coded “ridership information dashboard” online Monday to let passengers know when buses are too crowded to allow for the social distancing recommended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Link to Article https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/transportation/ct-biz-cta-bus-dashboard-social-distancing-20200615-aske2ckwzvbshlaqponggsvhaa-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3kelBjFFVw0W_5UNntZpBFt4LOTUveQ_YubAAOYQ_tiQBJOMjKw2lPRTQ
    Sadly, this is not a good time for mass transit, especially with the snarky attitude the President* has toward cities like ours. I will look into this but to solve problems like these, we ALL have to get out and vote. Every damn time. Otherwise, we get what we get, without any say.