CTA union to riders: Expect dirtier train cars
BY SAM CHARLES Staff Reporter December 9, 2013 11:40PM
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Updated: December 9, 2013 11:48PM
The union that represents CTA employees is warning commuters to expect dirtier train cars in the near future.
Robert Kelly, president of Local 308 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, claims that the CTA cut the funding for morning and mid-afternoon train car servicer positions, leaving trains to only be cleaned “on the midnights,” according to a statement from the union.
The train car servicer positions are largely filled by the CTA’s apprenticeship program that looks to employ ex-offenders.
“This could become a serious health matter for the public,” Kelly said in a statement.
The CTA said that Kelly decided to reduce the apprenticeship program, and the money freed up there would allow the CTA to hire additional train car servicers, according to a statement from the CTA.
“This decision will be made as soon as we know the final outcome of the apprenticeship program,” the CTA said in a statement.
The union also states train cars would receive general cleanings every 16 days instead of 14. General cleanings include graffiti and gum removal, mopping floors, cleaning seats and stainless steel.
However, the CTA said train cleanings will not be reduced in any way and train car servicer positions will remain in tact.
“Bob Kelly is spreading misinformation to CTA customers,” the CTA said in a statement. “ In fact, not only is CTA maintaining all of its current rail car servicer positions, CTA is maintaining the same schedule for rail car cleaning.”