Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
We've told you that Illinois and Chicago are broke. The state and city are running rivers of red ink and it's not projected to get better soon.
One of the most important components of our city is our public transit system which is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Our public transit system barely keeps up with the current needs of users. The systems need repairs, upkeep and expansion.
Unfortunately, these vital needs are being neglected.
Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation
is the first systematic analysis of the conundrum faced by communities
and their transit systems: Historic ridership and levels of demand for
service, coupled with the worst funding crisis in decades.
According to a recent survey by the AmericanPublic Transportation Association, state, regional and local funding for more than 80 percent of U.S. transit systems has remained flat or has fallen lately, and nearly 90 percent of those systems have had to raise fares or cut service. Nearly half have done both.
Chicago is at the top of this list of major U.S. city transit systems running deficits.
We know you place considerable weight to the candidate city's transit system in making your decision to award the games.
There are no concrete, real plans to improve our transit system. The 2016 Committee has been asked about their transit plans in many of the community meetings they've held over the past month. In every case they admit that their bid is based on existing infrastructure.
We hope you will take this into consideration when you make your decision on which city is most fit to host the 2016 Olympic Games.