Over the last week or so I’ve been combing the websites and backgrounds of the major candidate for Chicago mayor to determine their positions on transit issues.
It’s been a lesson in futility.
Not one candidate addresses transit issues on their websites. Though most like to press the flesh at L stations, none wants to discuss his/her plans to make CTA more financially viable. And voters are hungry to hear what candidates think about transit issues, according to the Tribune:
“Eighty-two percent of likely voters who participated in the poll
responded that the availability of good mass transit is an “important
concern” that Chicago’s next mayor “should address immediately upon
taking office.” Among undecided voters, 80 percent were on board with that opinion, the poll found.”
That poll was commissioned by the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents most of the CTA’s bus and rail operators.
But it’s not too late for the candidates to get in front of transit issues. The election is five weeks from today. I call on the candidates to get onboard.