CTA Cuts: Union Threatens To Drive Slower In Protest

04/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Chicago Tribune

Bus union president Darrell Jefferson said today that if there's no agreement soon to restore service cuts he will ask his membership to adhere strictly to CTA rules, including a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit. Bus drivers rarely stay below that limit now, Jefferson said, because if they did they wouldn't be able to finish their routes in a timely fashion and riders would see significantly larger gaps between buses.

Drivers also would follow other rules to the letter, such as waiting until all riders are seated or "standing securely" before leaving a stop and sitting at intersections with stale green lights rather than driving through, Jefferson said.

"If we do what we're supposed to do (according to CTA rules), you would never get a bus down the street," Jefferson said after a news conference at Operation PUSH headquarters with Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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