On August 15, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn issued Executive Order 13-06 creating the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force to address serious concerns regarding the current structure of the northeastern Illinois public transit system.
With much anticipation today the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force released its final report to the governor.
The report stresses the importance of eliminating the RTA and forming a new agency that will allow for a regional prospective for planning purposes, funding and evaluation of projects.
The report acknowledges the antiquated funding structure and that without investing more funds into transportation the transit system will struggle to meet future needs.
A complete section is dedicated to ethics and earning back the public trust by ensuring the highest of ethical standards and to operate in a transparent manner.
The report also recognizes the importance of safety and a safety conscious workforce.
Our public transit system will fail if we do not act upon the recommendations in the report. Hopefully, there will be those that have the political courage to make the tough decisions and put forth the necessary legislation to bring these changes to fruition.
You can read the full report here.