Daley: transit body is 'bureaucratic Frankenstein'

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:26 a.m.CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:30 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO – Candidate for governor Bill Daley is calling for a shake up of public transit in the Chicago metropolitan area in response to allegations of improper political influence over the Metra rail agency.

Daley is taking aim at the Regional Transportation Authority, which has financial oversight of northeastern Illinois' three transit agencies, including Metra.

He told reporters Thursday that the RTA has become a "bureaucratic Frankenstein" that achieves little for the $33 million it spends each year.

He says much of the RTA's duties duplicate efforts of other federal and state agencies and that it should essentially be eliminated. He says the savings could hold down fares and reverse service cuts.

Daley is challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary next spring.

Quinn also wants to reform area transit oversight.

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