John Gates Jr., the newly appointed chairman of the RTA, is saying all the right things so far:
- Move past the city-suburban factionalism and partisan politics.
- Develop more private-public partnerships in transit.
- And operationally, finding a top notch RTA executive director to replace Steve Schlickman, who retires in October.
We'll give Gates some time to see how he does on all that. Read the Trib story.
Reviving the O'Hare express. And speaking of private-public
partnerships in transit, Mayor Daley Wednesday pulled out of mothballs
the plan to provide express service to O'Hare. The CTA bailed on the
project when it couldn't find a private partner. Daley admitted he
wasn't sure if the plan was feasible, but he appointed a committee anyway to explore the idea of private investors building and operating the train service.
Found $2 on discarded transit card. The woman in front of me
couldn't get the rail turnstyle to accept her CTA Chicago Card Plus.
After a couple of tries, the farebox spit out a transit card and
accepted her smart card. I swiped my card and proceeded, but then I
thought about the Trib column
Monday, where John Noel admitted he picked up discarded transit cards,
but often found some good coin left on them. So I grabbed that card left
on the farebox and later learned there was $2 left on it.
Red Line track work reduces Saturday northbound service to Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle. Northbound
trains will bypass those stations from 7 am till 3 pm Saturday due to
third rail maintenance work. If you need to get there during that time, find details here about how to do it.