in Thursday's Sun-Times, the CTA's
drivers union took shots at "bloated" CTA management and ineffective
"Given the vital importance of public transportation, it's bewildering that through the years, CTA management and state lawmakers have not come up with a permanent long-term funding plan for mass transit."
More specifically: "Decades of systemic mismanagement and political interests have paralyzed the opportunity to produce a stable funding source for the riding public."
Then it trots out the tired old argument that the city only give the CTA $3 million -- the same amount for 20 years. I say it's tired because former CTA President Ron Huberman answered those critics when I asked him.
Finally, here are the union's suggestions to save money:
- Mandate fewer CTA management positions.
- Abolish the RTA.
- Consider a dedicated funding source.
The union also suggests that the CTA "should slow the process that could lead to service cuts, and conduct public hearings on funding alternatives."
What's your opinion?