What the mayoral candidates say about public transit

What the mayoral candidates say about public transit

When Chicago votes go to the polls Tuesday, for the first time in more than 20 years they won't say Richard Daley's name on the ballot.

That fact makes this a very important election for the future of Chicago. And with funding for public transportation very much in question for 2012, it's important to know the candidate's positions on public transit.

See my four posts with positions on public transportation issues:

Advance warning: I couldn't find anything from Chico on public transit. If someone else can, I will gladly post it.

Please be sure to vote Tuesday from 6 am till 7 pm. Find your polling place here.

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  • I also personally emailed Chico regarding mass transit (and bicycling) and received no response. Very disappointing. Its not like this is some fringe issue. I imagine there's a lot of people like me who this is one of their most important issues.

  • At least you found more substance that Tracy Swartz did a week ago. However, all seem to indicate that everything would be solved if Washington and Springfield provided more money, especially the economically clueless CMB (I commented more on the page about her). I noted on Tracy's post that if the state's solution was an unconstitutional capital bill.... Unless someone comes up with a real source of money (and I am not suggesting raising the state income tax to 13%, or license stickers to $500), this state's policy of having 5 year capital bills based on 30 year bonds to buy stuff like NABI buses that lasted 4 years on average makes no sense. Mike Payne at least implied a valid point that someone should investigate the $300 million wasted on Block 37, although the entities who poured that money into it undoubtedly won't be reimbursed. However, you aren't going to hear any of that from any of the candidates, just that we have to lobby the feds and state for more money, at least some of which was wasted, and will be without any reform in governance.

    If you want more about how disjointed transit planning is around here, c.f. Hilkevitch's column today about Quinn wanting to blow money on a study to see if Amtrak can run a line to O'Hare, notwithstanding that Hilkevitch tells you there is already a Metra one, Daley expects a Chinese maglev, and to bypass the Metra-CN bottleneck, the Western Terminal would have to be built, as well as Hilkevitch not telling you that the state, which is broke, would have to subsidize it. If the reason is to get passengers to or from Wisconsin or Indiana, there are private motor coach companies to do that.

    Again, Tracy is probably peeved that none of the candidates have in their platform that they will retain Rich Rodriguez. I'll reiterate what I said on Tracy's blog that I don't have a vote on this, but you sure will hear from me if anything like DelValle's or Quinn's "plans" ever see the point where they want the taxpayers to chip in to provide the "funding."

  • Jack, good point about everything being solved with more money.

    Obviously, candidates are reluctant to say, "We'll have to cut more service and raise fares."

    But I predict that's what 2012 will bring.

  • Almost all the candidates have places on their websites to leave comments and suggestions.If you want them to have better policies,you might want to give them some input.

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