Metra Spending Taxpayer Money Foolishly
Posted in the Chicago Forum
#1 Apr 6, 2013
I've been a commuter for over 20 years and I have seen Metra's service and their infrastructure become more dilapidated and in some cases an eyesore. Due to what I've seen, i wonder how safe their operation really is. I've been following their new CEO and Board Members very closely and even attended a couple Board Mtgs out of curiosity. When Alex Clifford was first hired, the media spoke so highly of him and what he was going to do. He has been at Metra two years and I haven't seen anything but higher fares, dirtier stations...many with graffiti, and more that have been closed/locked because they are unsafe for passengers to go into. He is putting money away for PTC which is going to be extended to 2018, while we have stations and platforms that are in poor conditions. I over heard the Conductor on my train talking to another Metra employee that they have so many speed restrictions on various sections of track because they are not safe to go track speed. The area of track they were referring to is on the Metra electric district that has had a speed restriction on it since 2010 and they have to reduce the speed of the trains again at that location because it is getting worse!!! Please contact your County Board Chairman if you have issues, safety concerns or feel that Alex Clifford is taking us tax payers for a ride....I know I will be especially what I learned Friday about the safety of the track on the Metra Electric and the amount of Graffiti that is no longer being power washed/removed!!!
#2 Apr 6, 2013
If you think that the tracks are unsafe, you can contact the Federal Railroad Administration via email or phone to complain. They will investigate the complaint or safety concern you have as long it falls under their jurisdiction and the Federal Track Safety standards.
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