Daley reshuffles management lineup with new CTA president
As was widely rumored, Richard Rodriguez was named Thursday to head the CTA.
As usual, Mayor Daley tapped one of his top "cabinet" member in moving Rodriguez from aviation commissioner to lead the nation's second-largest transit system, which faces deficit spending this year and equipment headaches.
At least naysayers can't whine that the 38-year-old Rodriguez doesn't have transportation experience!
Rodriguez spent less than a year as aviation chief. Before that he managed all construction projects for O'Hare and Midway, and the city building department prior to the airport gig. That was a tough job because he worked to bring the construction and permits department back together again.
Rodriguez will need to stay tough under the weight of the budget and equipment problems already looming as the 800-pound gorilla in the corner of his office at Lake and Clinton.
Plus, Daley expects him to prepare the CTA for the hoped-for 2016 Olympics bid.
So Rich, here's wishing you the best of luck in a pressure-cooker job. We look forward to you continuing a great dialog and open communication with your customers.
Perhaps "Coffee with Rich" is on the near horizon.