Keep the RTA; junk Metra, CTA and Pace service boards

Pardon me while I take a moment to guffaw at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley's politically and transparently self-serving proposal to eliminate the Regional Transportation Authority.

Same goes for Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel's aspersions cast in the direction of the RTA in an bill daleyeffort to discredit the transit agency in the wake of the scandals swirling around the Metra board's firing of CEO Alex Clifford.

If anything, Daley has it completely reversed. We shouldn't eliminate the RTA, which was supposed to be the overseer of the region's mass transit system but weakened by its constant politicization.

Instead, we should eliminate the service boards, the conflicting, parochial baronies that separately run the CTA, Metra and Pace. Hand it all over to the RTA board to run.

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