TMA's are to all traffic participants like stop signs are to bicyclists: Following their direction is optional.
I may be wrong, but it appears that TMA's lacked the stature of a police officer. That is why everyone ignored them.
It didn't help that they often appeared at random, and if there was more than one of them in an intersection, their actions appeared uncoordinated: One was waving cars through the intersection one one side, while the other was waving pedestrians trough.
This is great news, thanks for posting.
I've been hearing insider stories about some of the other cuts going on in city government, some of them kind of bizarre.
Rahm seems to be serious about trimming dead wood, and quickly.
From my perspective, they just appeared in droves from one day to the next with little apparent training and an hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of uniforms (more?). Initially they seemed to completely prioritize cars and treat pedestrians like they didn't exist, but that seemed to get better after the first year or so. In any event, the goal was always to try to keep automobiles moving as quickly as possible, which IMO is detrimental to our city in the long run (well, in the short run too!).
Dedicated bus lanes are planned on 4 corridors.
In the meantime, I don't see the point of helping facilitate the flow of automobile traffic.