Mayor Lightfoot Has No Plans To Shut Down CTA, Says 'That Would Be Catastrophic'

Craig Dellimore
April 07, 2020 - 8:53 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her administration has no plans to eliminate or curtail mass transit service because of the coronavirus pandemic.

At Soldier Field, a reporter pointed out to Mayor Lightfoot that San Francisco has sharply reduced its municipal mass transit service because of concerns that crowded buses might help spread the COVID-19 virus.

But, Mayor Lightfoot said the Chicago Transit Authority, if anything, is increasing service with bigger buses and enough trains, so that social distancing can be maintained. People who must work, she said, need the CTA.

"The very folks that we have been talking about that have to go out for work, who don't have cars that need and depend upon public transportation to get access to basic services - if we shut down the CTA system that would be catastrophic for lots of neighborhoods across our city," she said. "But what we are remaining diligent on is making sure that we are providing enough bus service, enough rail service so people can practice social distancing."

Shutting down or reducing service, she said, would cause a ripple effect on parts of the city that need help the most.

And she praises CTA officials for stepping up to make sure service is maintained.