A Gov. Quinn task force today called for eliminating the Regional Transportation Authority as well as the boards of the CTA, Metra and Pace. Oversight would be managed by a “single integrated agency with one board and (initially) three operating units.”
The plan would have to be approved by state legislators, which seems like a tall task. CTA President Forrest Claypool has already panned a preliminary release of the task force report. That seems to suggest he has Mayor Emanuel’s support on that. And that means the plan isn’t going anywhere in the General Assembly.
The task force included some familiar, high-profile names. The ethics working group was chaired by former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Former CTA Board Chair Carole Brown headed up the working group on finance. That group “recommended that the current formula for allocating operating funds be scrapped in favor of one based on performance,” according to the Tribune story.
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