Yesterday I wrote that I am fine with CTA President Richard Rodriguez choosing to spend time with his family over using the CTA for his daily commute.
Rodriguez has five children under the age of 12. He works long hours. He has decided that he can spend some quality time with his oldest children in the morning while driving them to school. And Rodriguez said he still regularly takes the CTA.
Now, I do think that the CTA president -- and others in top management -- should be using the CTA regularly. So I asked the CTA how often he does. Here's what I learned:
Since he became president in March, Rodriguez has averaged more than 45 rides per month, said a CTA spokesperson, who examined his CTA pass usage. Last month, he logged 58 rides.
The 45 rides a month is more than the average commuter who works 20 days in a month.
There are plenty of things to fix on the CTA, things for us to complain about and work to improve. Bus bunching. Deplorable conditions at some rail stations. The frequent lack of communications to riders about the delays.
But bitching and editorializing that the CTA president is not taking the CTA to work -- so he can spend a little more time with his family -- is just petty and not very constructive. Especially given the fact that he already uses the CTA as much as the average commuter.