Good CTA funding wrapup; Transit Rally Tuesday
If you didn't read Jon Hilkevitch's Getting Around column Monday in the Tribune, I recommend you do. It's a good update and analysis of what's happening on the CTA funding crisis.
"The sad reality that the state's politicians are allowing the mobility of the Chicago region to go down to the wire indicates to many observers that the RTA's "Moving Beyond Congestion" campaign on behalf of increased mass-transit funding has failed miserably, while enriching politically connected RTA consultants hired to run the campaign."
Hilkevitch then recaps the Hamos funding package I wrote about here.
Then he reports some new info:
"... A spokeswoman for the governor phoned transportation reporters late last week dismissing the claim by Hamos and the RTA that the transit funding package is limited to a regional tax increase in the six counties of northeastern Illinois."
"There is still time to avert the threatened service cuts, the fare increases and what would be an accelerated shutdown of Chicago-area mass transit next year. The optimistic viewpoint argues that transit is too important to the region -- and to the state economy -- for politicians to stand idly by as witnesses to a train wreck. But an increasing contingent of experts is urging the public to prepare for harder commutes."
All the more reason to attend the . . .
Transit Rally Tuesday: Don't forget: 11:30 am Tuesday in the Thompson Center Plaza.