Chicago and the M.T.A. Mess

A transit system in crisis, facing daunting budget gaps; a Democratic-controlled legislature can’t agree on a rescue package; an unpopular Democratic governor can’t broker a deal; an angry public facing crippling service cuts and tremendous fare hikes loom.

This all sound familiar?

Not so long ago, the country’s second largest transit system went through a high-profile budget crisis of its own, and waited—and waited and waited—on a legislature that couldn’t find its way...

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