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March 13, 2014

Task force reviews 2 plans for Chicago transit overhaul

CHICAGO — A task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to study reform of the Chicago region’s public transit system is reviewing two plans that would significantly overhaul the way the area’s buses and trains are overseen and operated, the Chicago Tribune reported.

One proposal would create a "super agency" under which the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace would be consolidated into a unified entity. The other plan would place the transit boards under the direction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, which would essentially give the governor control of the transit system.

The group rejected two other proposals. One called for strengthening the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) with more power and authority and the other would have eliminated the RTA but given the CTA, Metra and Pace more autonomy. For the full story, click here.

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