* The RTA board has to formally accept the governor’s offer to help mass transit avert its “doomsday” scenario on Sunday. According to RTA Board Chairman Jim Reilly, today’s vote will be tight…
“I think the vote will be close. There will be strong arguments on both sides, but I wouldn’t presume that the board will approve [the proposal],” Reilly said.
* The Daily Herald lays out the situation…
Four “no” votes on the 12-member RTA board would be enough to reject the governor’s temporary relief offer. Norris, who represents the collar counties, and William Coulson, who represents suburban Cook County, are leaning toward opposing the plan. Judy Baar Topinka, the state’s former treasurer, says she will vote against it.
On the other side, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley supports the deal. He has three board appointees. CTA chairwoman Carole Brown is also expected to vote for it.
Pat Durante, the Addison Township GOP honcho, also sits on the RTA board. I tried calling him this morning but wasn’t able to get through.
* Both the Tribune and the Daily Herald editorialized against accepting the governor’s offer, which could influence the suburban RTA members.
So the governor’s offer is tempting. But the responsible answer for the RTA is to say no. Fronting next year’s money to the CTA now would be irresponsible. […]
The governor is asking the RTA to gamble that lawmakers can pass a transit bill before November. But don’t count on him to lift a finger to help. Remember, Blagojevich and the legislative leaders have known this moment was coming for 11 months but haven’t resolved it in all that time.
There’s no pleasure in recommending, as we do here, that the RTA board vote “no” today on a bailout offer from Gov. Rod Blagojevich to avoid a Chicago-area transit crisis. […]
…the governor’s offer, well-meaning though it is, fails to solve fundamental transit problems and actually could make matters worse within a few months.
* We’ve had so many discussions about mass transit lately, so let’s make this topic the center of our discussion today if we can. What do you think the RTA Board should do?
* More stories, compiled by Paul…
* Chicago CarLess: Blago blinks, Madigan shrinks, but method stinks
* Daley: CTA bailout worth the gamble
* Sun-Times Editorial: Tiny sales tax increase could make the difference
* Lawmakers prefer lasting solution to transit crisis
* Chicago Public Radio: Why my bus?
* CTA cuts could hammer temp, low income workers
* MarySue Barrett: CTA woes affect all of us
* RTA vote will mean either relief or doomsday
* Change of Subject: Gov. Wimpy will gladly pay us Tuesday for a transit bailout today
* CTA Tattler: Blago bribes RTA with immediate funding
* Chicago Public Radio: Transit vote could delay fare hikes
* Chicago transit crisis raises tricky issues for state officials
* Thousands face longer commutes, higher fares, crowded buses
* Daley: Criticism in Blue Line crash a ‘disgrace’
* Daley calls 2006 CTA accident a ‘disgrace’
*** UPDATE *** They took the cash…
During a morning meeting, the Regional Transportation Authority voted 10-2 to accept the state’s bailout plan of the mass transit system. That will postpone the Chicago Transit Authority’s plans to cut 39 bus routes and raise fares by up to $1.
*** UPDATE 2 *** The Sun-Times has the roll call…
Judy Baar Topinka and Bill Coulson voted against it.