Today is the last day on the job at 567 W. Lake St. for CTA President Richard Rodriguez- assuming he's not taking a final vacation or furlough day,
As I wrote Wednesday: I think Rodriguez did about the best he
could do given the economic conditions he ruled under.
On Wednesday, I also rated him overall as earning a total average of 2.8 stars out of five on those key mission values printed on every Chicago Card and
Chicago Card Plus: Safe - Clean - On-Time - Courteous - Efficient.
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, Rodriguez got his chance to share with the CTA board what he calls the "highlights" of his two years tenure. "Despite the financial constraints, together we have accomplished a great deal in a relatively short period of time," Rodriguez told the board.
On his last day, I'm going to give Rodriguez the opportunity to share those accomplishments. We might not have always agreed with Rodriguez, but there's no denying the fact he did have a number of popular accomplishments.
Rodriguez's remarks to the CTA board. And here's a list of them:
- Completed the Bus Tracker rollout.
- Added two-way texting functionality to Bus Tracker, thus expanding usage to even more riders.
- Rolled out Train Tracker.
- Installed at least one camera at every rail station.
- Secured $241 million in federal stimulus funding to eliminate blue Line slow zones; rehab existing bus and rail cars; and buy 58 new hybrid articulated buses.
- Renovated Cermak/Chinatown Red Line station
- Finished the Brown Line expansion project.
- Ink a deal with Apple to refurbish the North/Clybourn station on the Red line.
- Broke ground on two new rail stations: Morgan Street on the Green Line. and a new Yellow Line stop at Oakton.
- Completed alternatives analysis for the Red Line extension to 130th Street, and for the proposed Orange and Yellow line stations..,
- Increased non-farebox revenue by increasing the number of ATM machines, brought in new concessions, tested specialty vending machines, and leased office and commercial space in the headquarters building.
- On the safety front, instituted a zero-tolerance policy for cellphone use by bus and rail operators.
Thank you Rich Rodriguez. And good luck.