Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mary Mitchell: Fixing up 95th Street Station shows mayor gets it

Artist rendering of the new 95th Street L stop
One question when you read this excerpt of Mitchell's column. Do you agree?
What this project shows is that Mayor Emanuel gets it. When you are able to trounce every black candidate in a historic mayoral election, you owe the black community more than lofty platitudes. The south leg of the Red Line has long been the stepchild of CTA’s vast rail network.

This extensive project rewards a neglected community for its trust.

How did they come by the money to pay for this? It pays to have friends in high places.

Even though a transportation bill is limping along on a 90-day extension, Emanuel, working with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Sen. Dick Durbin, has managed to make transportation a priority.

“I believe this is essential for all the other economic opportunities that we have to have on the South Side,” Emanuel said, explaining his focus on the Red Line. “We cannot do it without having a mass transit system that can move people conveniently from home to work. I know it will be the gold standard of intermodal traffic.”
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