« on: November 29, 2007, 04:36:38 PM »
Yeah, I wouldn't recommend living in Lincoln Park or anything. But if you've been around Chicago long enough, you've probably noticed that there is a CTA "funding crisis" every single year. Its a way for the downstate legislators to extract as many goodies as possible (the pork du jour this year is road and bridge money) by holding up transit funding. Like clockwork, all the papers say that every single bus line is going to be cut and the subway fares are going to go up to $45 dollars or something. But its never happened. The governor has already bailed us out twice to make the speaker look like a jerk for not passing his budget. The CTA is by no means in good shape, but this happens all the time.
But I'm happy to answer any law school related questions.
Well, this is the first time in a couple of years the crisis has hit this level. And I've researched quite a bit (plus I ride many times a week) and it's worse this time, IMO. In fact, I would rather the CTA shut down for a week just to stick it to the politicians downstate. The system is in disrepair. It needs more than the operational gap funding of $300MM+ next year. It needs a long term plan to fund it BILLIONS of dollars. And I fear the only way it will get that is if we get the Olympics. Sadly, politics in IL are about as corrupt as it comes. And our Governors suck.