Former CTA Board Chairwoman Carole Brown took the helm in 2003. That means she has seen much change, and helped guide the transit agency through times of great change, growth and turmoil. She resigned this week.
Here's a very short list of the legacy she leaves behind:
- Let former President Frank Kruesi make a mess of the Block 37 fiasco.
- Created her own blog in 2005 to communicate with passengers, but then pretty much neglected it in the last year or so.
- Lobbied effectively in Springfield for more funding.
- Got more tax dollars from the state, but then had to raise fares when there wasn't enough of that new tax revenue to cover rising operating costs.
- Led the board as good stewards of more than a half billion in federal dollars to expand ridership on the Brown Line.
Brown noted in a Tribune story that "Ron [Huberman] and I had a simpatico that I missed" when Richard Rodriguez took over as CTA president. Though she said that's not why she it quitting.
And the Sun-Times reports that Mayor Daley is not wasting time in looking for her replacement. He's already interviewed three or four candidate.