Tag: Richard Rodriguez

Rodriguez and former CTA top advisor get key jobs under Mayor Emanuel

Ex-CTA President Richard Rodriguez has landed solidly on his feet as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s environment commissioner. And Theresa Mintle, the chief of staff to CTA Board Chair Terry Peterson, was tapped by Rahm to be his own chief of staff. So the good news is there are now at least three close Rahm advisors and... Read more »

CTA President Rodriguez gets his say on his last day on the job

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, Outgoing CTA President Richard Rodriguez. (Tribune photo) As I wrote Wednesday: I think Rodriguez did about the best he could do given the economic conditions he ruled... Read more »

Rating Rodriguez: How the outgoing prez ranks on key values

CTA chief Richard Rodriguez today probably will participate in his final CTA board meeting as president. Next Monday, Rahm Emanuel will be sworn in as Chicago’s new mayor, and the mayor-elect already has selected his entire “cabinet,” including Forrest Claypool as the CTA president. Claypool still needs to be approved by the CTA board and... Read more »

News pickup: CTA Red Line expansion study; new name for library L stop

Here are a few more CTA stories making news. CTA gets funds to study Red Line expansion. Last week, the Chicago Transit Authority won  $285,000 in grants from the feds to do an environmental impact study on extending the Red Line south to 130th Street. Transport Politics covered the story well, and included this nifty... Read more »

Rodriguez out, Volpe in as CTA chief?

Michael Sneed over at the Sun-Times is reporting today that Paul Volpe, Mayor Daley’s chief of staff, may be replacing Rich Rodriguez as CTA president. Sneed says Rodriguez “may be leaving to return to the private sector.” Volpe was the city’s finance director and the main man when the parking meter lease deal went down.... Read more »

Advice to the CTA on how to make $35 million in cuts

The RTA board today confirmed that reduced tax revenues blows another $35 million hole in the CTA’s budget this year. So, what should the CTA do? First and foremost, listen to and consider its customers. Us. And I like what I’ve heard so far from President Richard Rodriguez on that front: “We have to take... Read more »