"We have a lot to learn"
That's what Mayor Daley said after his ride on a Beijing subway Wednesday.
(Oh, and some folks already commented yesterday that maybe he should actually RIDE the CTA to determine what we have to learn.)
Here is what the Tribune reported that Daley saw in China:
Back-lighted screens as well as large-scale video panels projected colorful Olympic sponsors' advertisements in the brightly lit, wide corridors, where commuters can buy tickets on bilingual touch-screen kiosks.
The train platforms were wide, with sliding glass doors separating the waiting customers from the arriving trains, much like the set-up for airport shuttles.
Inside the jumbo-size cars, seats back up against the windows, with riders facing the center of the car, which is much wider than CTA cars. When packed full, each can hold more than 400 riders.
And all it takes is $7.7 billion. Why, Blago doesn't even have that much in his ENTIRE capital spending plan, let alone for the CTA alone. And that amount bought four new subway lines since 2002.
But the Olympic Committee has told Chicago it has much work to do on its transportation plan before if we want to host the 2016 Olympic Games. I hope they get to it soo, because, after all, we have a lot to learn.