The Sun-Times reported Monday that CTA President Richard Rodriguez was yanking the “company cars” that 68 employees could enjoy at home and at work. Rodriguez himself and 37 other top managers making six figures will lose the perk — or pay about $200 a month plus gas to lease it from the city. Good for him.
In the same article, the Sun-Times mentioned a fact that others media have noted in the past: Rodriguez prefers to drive his city car to work so he can spend some extra quality time with his five young children, dropping them at school or day care. The story also noted that Rodriguez is a regular CTA rider. I’ve also noted that fact. So fine. He’s a family man but also finds time to experience the CTA.
But then Tuesday the Sun-Times editorialized that Rodriguez should forget about family bonding and ride the CTA to work every day:
“How else can he fully appreciate what his customers go through when
they wait on a dark winter morning for a bus that never comes?”
Well, I happen to support Rodriguez’s decision to ditch public transit and spend what precious little “free time” he has with his children. I figure, as long as he is a regular rider otherwise, then he should be allowed to do what he thinks is best for himself and his family.
I suspect many of you will disagree with me. So be it.