Smackdown from the Pacific northwest
From Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Olympic hopes tied to transit neglect
"Chicago may not have much of a mass transit system left when the 2016 Olympics are held, a congressman said at a hearing Monday on the city's transportation needs to host the Games.
"Calling Illinois 'the poster child for neglect,' U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said the political gridlock in Springfield over funding transportation agencies and renewing deteriorating infrastructure cannot be viewed separately from hope of ascending onto the Olympic stage.
"'It seems that the state and the governor are walking away from a minimal responsibility to maintain an existing system let alone dramatically enhance it,' said DeFazio, chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. 'You're in a full crisis mode, and the whole country is going to be watching this week.'
"'There are some very immediate problems that need to be resolved or there won't be a transit system upon which to build for 2016,' he said, adding that state government has 'dropped the ball and booted it.'"
That's the entirety of the article [but see update below]. I think it's telling that Jon Hilkevitch felt that nothing more needed to be added.
In other news, this. Tip o' the helmet to CTA Tattler, who brought to my attention something I could easily have missed because I spent most of Sunday in Indiana. No wonder Oregon is laughing at us--Indiana can't manage their pollution and Illinois can't manage anything. What a pair we make.
Update: Transit neglect is linked to Chicago's Olympic hopes
It's the same article, but it's been expanded. I don't know what, if anything, appeared in the print edition.