VIDEO: On Why Chicago Transit Authority President Richard Rodriguez Shouldn’t Be Driving to Work


UPDATES, 7/22/09:

This morning the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Chicago Transit Authority president Richard Rodriguez canceled the free-car perq that dozens of high-ranking managers–including Rodriguez–used to drive back and forth to their jobs at the nation’s second-largest public transit system.

An ironic situation seemingly made all better–except that Rodriguez has now decided to lease a car from the CTA instead–at a discount rate–to make sure he still doesn’t have to ride to work on his own agency’s buses and ‘L’ trains.

All together now, folks: Are you kidding me?

(Video Blog: How are you doing your job if the one thing you’re paid to promote you rebuff in the morning news?)

Now I’ve covered some pretty stupid CTA stunts in the past. Couching cold-weather homeless harassment as a public service? Covering up the semi-permanent closure of a downtown ‘L’ station? Forgetting to tell riders about a new station entrance? Hating on specific groups of transit riders in their own customer survey?

And who could forget (as-soon-as-we-lose-the-Olympics outgoing) Mayor Daley’s open-handed slap in the face of transit riders when he abruptly yanked former CTA honcho Ron Huberman away from the agency?

But this really takes the cake. Rodriguez has been driving to work for months now, in order so spend more time with his kids in the morning. Cuddly as that reason sounds, there’s really no excuse. View the video above to hear why I think the head of the CTA regularly driving to work for any reason–not to mention crowing about it in major media–is about as moronic as it gets.

Trust me on that adjective. I used to be a grammar teacher and it’s the most apt one I can come up with that still manages to keep this post family friendly.

Or at least as family friendly as Rodriguez’s morning drive.

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