- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - 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.”

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