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Amount of cleaning for busses to be halved

March 19, 2010
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CHICAGO — To cope with fewer personnel and a rising budget deficit, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has proposed reducing the amount of time spent deep-cleaning busses, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The CTA hopes to shorten the amount of time spent cleaning 40-foot busses from four hours to six hours and, for 60-foot busses, hopes to reduce the amount of time from six hours to three hours, the story stated.
Carlos Acevedo, assistant business agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 241, said: "You can imagine you''re going to get half the amount of cleaning. How do they expect us to do this?"
A deep cleaning, which is performed every two to four weeks, at which time a bus travels 2,000 miles to 4,000 miles, involves washing the exterior and interior of the buses with emphasis on touch points inside the vehicle, the story noted.
In another effort to reduce the $95.6 million budget deficit, the CTA has asked union-represented employees to accept pay reductions and furlough days, a request they have refused, the story added.
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