CHICAGO (CBS) — The governor’s task force on mass transit is expected by month’s end to recommend dissolution of the Regional Transportation Authority and combining the CTA, Pace and Metra into one super-agency, but RTA Chairman John Gates said Wednesday that he doubts it will happen.
The superagency model is one that New York, Boston, Philadelphia and several other cities have adopted.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
Speaking personally, and not as RTA chair, Gates said he likes the idea of a Chicago superagency.READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
“From the point of view of efficiency and economy and effectiveness, that can make a lot of sense,” he said. “But politically, it has very little, if any, support both throughout this region and in Springfield.”MORE NEWS: Bill For Reparations For Black Evanston Residents Soon To Go Up For Vote; Some Say It's Insufficient And Could Make Things Worse
Instead, Gates said, he wants the RTA to concentrate on what he considers doable — and said his priority remains finding new money for capital repairs and rehabilitation.