Wanna see a scary map? or Boo! I'm a suburban Republican for Halloween!
I'll probably ramble more about this later; for now I would just like to draw you attention to a rather thought-provoking set of maps on Spudart:
Who supports the CTA, Metra and Pace?
Note, as expected, the suburban Republicans who voted against SB 572 in September, despite representing areas of heavy Metra ridership.* But right now I'm more curious about the southern Illinois Democrats who voted yes. What else is going on here?
I also thought that Jessica might be interested in this.
[Tip o' the helmet to Illinois Transportation Issues.]
In other news (it's a slow work day), I surfed over to the Daily Herald to get a feel for the suburban vibe. The slight difference in perspective is interesting:
Will transit crisis affect Olympic bid?
"CTA and Pace officials are planning to ax several dozen bus routes on Sunday while also raising fares by as much as $1. Metra officials are debating a fare hike ranging from 5 to 10 percent and the elimination of Sunday service starting Jan. 1.
"In the suburbs, many of the Pace routes on the chopping block shuttle Metra riders to overcrowded stations. CTA routes slated for elimination include express lines carting Metra riders to key employment centers downtown."
So few people are even mentioning Metra and Pace. It's all doomsday, doomsday, doomsday for the CTA, and the collar county residents are all yelping about how unfair it is to raise their taxes to bail out just another corrupt Chicago agency and all those socialist urbanites demanding some nonexistent right to a free ride (for example). No one seems to mind that Metra could be rendered effectively useless in the next few years.
You never really appreciate something until it's gone.
Back to work. Magnetohydrodynamics!
*Curse you, Lake County. Thanks for nothing, as usual... Don't get me wrong, I know a few real-life suburban Republicans and they're all very nice people--who wouldn't last five minutes in a typical Chicago neighborhood. The title of the post is more to poke self-depreciating fun at us snobby liberal urban elitists, who tend to paint suburban Republicans as the root of all evil. Boo!