Wednesday was the Daily Double for former CTA presidents
making headlines. Comings and goings. One found a new gig while the other left his job.
David Mosena, CTA chief for less than two years in the mid-90s, was named chairman of the new Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority by Gov. Quinn..
Frank Kruesi, president of the Chicago Transit Authority from 1997 till 2007,
retired from his job as Chicago's top lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
Mosena in 1996 pushed for controversial service cuts,including cuts in overnight service on the Purple, Green and Blue (Douglas) lines. Fifteen bus routes were cut, and night or weekend service was reduced on some key bus lines.
Mosena quit just after the CTA board approved the cuts. And Kruesi took over.
As Daley's favored son, he enjoyed power to make changes at the CTA. There are plenty of reasons to criticize Kruesi. But he is credited with making the CTA focus more keenly on customer service. He introduced the CTA's key missions: "on time, clean, safe and friendly service."