Some transit news items for this week.
End to free rides for all seniors. Gov. Pat Quinn finally signed into law a bill that would end free transit rides for all senior citizens. Only those seniors who qualify for the state's Circuit Breaker aid program now will get free rides. Those income limits are:
- $27,610 for a household of one.
- $36,635 for a household of two.
- $45,657 for a household of three.
This bill passed both chambers in early January, but Quinn only just signed it on Monday. Estimates range
Inspector General wins wide jurisdiction over transit. Quinn signed another transit-related law this week, giving the Executive Inspector General "jurisdiction over all board members, employees, vendors, and others doing business with the Regional Transit Boards to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, nonfeasance, misfeasance, malfeasance, or violations of this Act."
It should be interesting to see how the IG wields this power, it at all, at the CTA.
Last call for comments on Red-Purple modernization plans. Friday is the last day to submit your comments on the Red-Purple Line Modernization Project. Read me recaps of the plans. The CTA asks you to e-mail your comments.