CHICAGO (CBS) — Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley said the Regional Transportation Authority – which oversees the finances of CTA, Pace and Metra – has reached the end of the line, and should be eliminated.

Calling the agency a “bureaucratic Frankenstein,” Daley said it costs taxpayers $33 million a year for essentially nothing, as it provides no services on its own.

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“Not a single ride; what it does do is hand out millions of dollars in contracts to politically-connected people, and serve as an employment agency for politicians,” he said.

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WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports Daley also slammed the RTA for failing to come up with a universal fare card for CTA, Pace and Metra.

He wants all of RTA’s functions – except bonding and accounting – farmed out to different state or local bodies, and the three transit agencies themselves.

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Daley also recommended the entire Metra board should be replaced, in the wake of patronage hiring allegations by former CEO Alex Clifford – and replaced with a board consisting of six members appointed by the six counties served by the agency, and five others appointed by the governor.