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Task Force Recommends Merging RTA, CTA and Metra Boards

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    The elimination of the Regional Transportation Authority and the merging of the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace and Metra commuter rail agency is being recommended by a task force formed to create a plan for a "world-class" transit system.

    In releasing the recommendations, Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force co-chairman George Ranney said the RTA "has got to go."
    Under the proposal, the RTA's planning and oversight functions would be assumed by a new agency. The task force recommends the agency be governed by a board chosen by Illinois, Chicago and surrounding county elected officials.
    The task force was created after a scandal involving political patronage at Metra.
    RTA Chairman John Gates Jr. has said that while the task force's recommendations make sense, they have "very little, if any support politically."