Gay bashing continues on CTA; more state capital $$ needed
On a recent morning Red Line commute, a dad dragged his 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter on the train at Bryn Mawr and found three adjacent empty seats. His daughter was right behind him, yakking away, while the son played a handheld game.
The daughter was looking all around when a advertisement caught her attention: "Ooohhhh, Daddyl Look! those two men are kissing!" She was referring to the new "How are you healthy?" ad campaign by LifeLube. Her dad quickly changed the subject, avoiding a learning moment.
And apparently he's not the only one squeamish about the ads. As the Chi-Town Daily News reports, some folks have been defacing the ads by covering them with tape or cutting out the words gay, healthy and sexy with scissors.
Woeful state pledge for capital dollars. The Illinois Public Interest Research Interest Group wants us all to know that Gov. Quinn's plan to invest $1.5 billion statewide on transit capital needs is woefully inadequate.
From PIRG's press release:
Touted as a $5 billion investment in statewide transit needs over five years, the proposal actually provides only $1.5 billion in new state money over five years. Adjusted for inflation, this is half the investment made in 1999 by Illinois FIRST, the last state capital plan. The proposal will not even cover the basic maintenance and repair needs of metropolitan Chicago’s transit network, a much-needed $1 billion-a-year investment.
“When you consider the state hasn’t provided a dime of transit capital funding for five years, it’s not a surprise to discover commuters struggling with broken down buses and slow train service,” said Brian Imus, director, Illinois PIRG (Public Interest Research Group). “Unfortunately the capital plan proposed in Springfield isn’t enough to even keep the current infrastructure in its current condition, much less make the investment needed to meet growing demand.”
In Northeastern Illinois alone, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace have identified an unmet need in capital funding of $10 billion over the next five years to enhance and expand the network.
I certainly agree. We need more, Gov. Quinn!