Owing to what I understand is a tacit agreement with authorities here, there is a fleet of 1970s Toyota minibuses that ply the main thoroughfares here. They don’t actually stop: You have to leap aboard and leap off, but the price is right: About 50 cents. As long as the drivers can keep them running, it seems, authorities let them do their thing.

Yes, the CTA is expensive to run. Here’s a wealthy country where public transportation is cheap. Not letting the buses stop would definitely cut down on the free senior fares.