CTA chair "puts brakes" on premium service to airports; Kruesi "Dead Pool"
In both her blog and a Sun-Times report, CTA Board Chairwoman Carole Brown just says WHOA to the idea of premium train service to the airports mixed in with regular service. It's no done deal.
The Sun-Times story is a follow-up on the Trib's Page 1 piece. The Sun-Times slices and dices its Michigan Avenue competitor: "CTA Chairwoman Carole Brown put the brakes on talk that the CTA would move forward with premium rail service to the city's airports, saying there needs to be a solid plan for express service that would actually save travelers time."
And this is from Brown's own blog :
"I would support premium rail service only if it brought significant new operating dollars, capital funding, or other efficiencies to CTA. It is precisely because there is a real potential for those benefits that the concept is worth exploring. We need as much operating and capital funding as we can get for our current customers.
"I should note that I’m not at all interested in non-express “direct” service absent a viable plan to do real express service. I have no intention of recommending that CTA buy expensive upscale railcars just to wait behind regular Blue and Orange Line trains."
Bravo, Carole. I've always liked her.
Meanwhile, this comment left here Thursday says that our friends at Chicagoist "have started a Frank Kruesi Dead Pool.... Feel free to leave the date you think he'll be fired or "transferred" in comments. You might win a t-shirt. Woo!"