Bus

CTA implements further management efficiencies

Posted on September 15, 2010

As the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) prepares its 2011 Budget, CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez identified $53.6 million in management efficiencies designed to help the agency weather the continued economic challenges without adversely impacting the current level and quality of service provided to customers.

Rodriguez directed CTA's departments to streamline costs while maintaining CTA's core mission of providing on-time, clean, safe, courteous and efficient service.

Approximately $36 million of cost savings will be a result of personnel efficiencies. CTA will save approximately $7.2 million in salaries and benefits by eliminating more than 70 positions — including more than a dozen at manager level. A savings of $13.7 million in salaries and benefits will be achieved by delaying hiring for open positions that are deemed necessary, but are not safety related or directly impact service.

Continuing to manage and control overtime is expected to save an additional $5.5 million in next year's budget. In 2011, non-union employees will again forgo wage increases and will be required to take up to 18 unpaid days for an additional savings of $9.7 million.

In addition, CTA will save approximately $17.5 million as departments continue to aggressively streamline operations and reduce expenditures such as fuel, power, materials and contracts in 2011.

CTA also continues to realize savings through the reduction of fuel consumption by its bus fleet. By retiring older buses from its fleet and replacing them with more fuel efficient buses, most recently hybrids, CTA saves approximately $7 million per year in maintenance, parts, and labor costs, including more than $900,000 annually in fuel costs.

By using a long-term, layered fuel hedging strategy, the CTA is now spending $30 million for fuel versus a budgeted amount of $36.5 for the first seven months — resulting in a savings of $6.5 million to date.

"The financial challenges we're experiencing are not exclusive to the CTA," added Rodriguez. "Just like other businesses around the nation, we continue to strive for ways to be fiscally responsible and maintain operations until the economy recovers."

 

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Starcraft Bus named Ford's top volume pool account for 10th year

The company has purchased and sold more Ford E-Series chassis than any other bus manufacturer in North America since 2006.

Cummins announces new 'SmartEfficiency' initiative

The product improvement plan focuses on improved fuel efficiency, lower total cost of ownership and improved uptime.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi sensing from mobile devices may help improve bus service

University of Washington researchers have developed an inexpensive system that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from passengers’ mobile phones and devices to collect better data about where bus riders get on and off, how many people use a given stop and even how long they wait to transfer to another bus.

'Off route' Calif. bus driver runs double-decker into bridge

According to the agency transit manager, the driver “got off route” and drove under the bridge, though why is still under investigation. The bus was out-of-service and had no passengers at the time.

BusCon 2016's Call for Papers

conference planning committee is working on the 2016 schedule and is looking for your ideas. If you would like to help lead the conversation as a presenter, we want to hear from you.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close