No one could be more thrilled than I am about the end to the CTA operating funding impasse. For transit users like me, the draconian cuts threatened in January would have essentially confined me to my neighborhood–and most likely have pushed me and many others out of Chicago.
Now I’ve heard a lot of creative funding schemes before, but I’ve sure never heard of a state lending money to its cities’ transit systems to keep them running, much less yanking the same money back later. Well, unless that state is run by Governor Rod Blagojevich.
So are we all supposed to get on our knees and thank Governor Blagojevich for riding in at the last minute and potentially saving us innocent Chicagoans from ‘CTA Doomsday?’ Especially since he helped create the Illinois public transit funding emergency in the first place?