Monday, May 21, 2007

Where Are Those People?

Here's an excerpt from a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that discusses the transit funding challenges facing Pennsylvania transit agencies:

Elsewhere. More than 700 organizations and 15,000 individuals are signed up to advocate for more funding for public transit in Chicago, which faces a $110 million deficit for the second half of this year.

Where are those organizations? Where are those people? Is it my imagination or is the public resigned to a major restructuring of the CTA that will include service reductions and fare increases? Based on the volume of disparaging comments I hear about empty Pace buses, will any significant number of people care if Pace's mainline service dwindles and it focuses on paratransit service? Is Metra the only transit agency with the financial resources and public support to escape a major restructuring?

5 comments:

sabrina d. said...

Are they possibly referring to the Moving Beyond Congestion campaign? I could see someone counting as a "supporter" anyone who's signed up to get email alerts, though that seems to be stretching the truth a bit, to me.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry--the money will solve everything...till the next transit crisis in 7.5 years...sort of like the cicadas.

Anonymous said...

They're all in Wilmette.

Anonymous said...

Do you believe everything on the Internet?

Anonymous said...

Just like there are "grass roots organizations" supporting raising electric rates, the reconstituted telephone conglomerate putting large TV boxes in your back yard, etc. I wish the General Assembly would do something, including adjourn, just so those commercials would end.