The Hound certainly is bewildered over the suit filed by a group of Chicagoans contending the Regional Transportation Authority and Metra discriminate against the city. Doesn't the Chicago Transit Authority get the lion's share of transit funding in the six-county area? To The Hound, this is another "us versus them" suit.
In fact, the CTA gets about double of what Metra gets in operating funds from the RTA, the umbrella transit agency for the region. The class-action suit maintains blacks and Hispanics, who make up the majority of CTA riders, get shortchanged. The suit goes on to contend Metra riders, mainly white, get better service. Its racial discrimination, the suit claims.
Obviously, these Chicagoans have not taken the Metra North Line to Zion or Winthrop Harbor or North Chicago or Waukegan. Talk about lack of service. It's not the trains. They run fine. It's the stations.
Or should The Hound say lack of stations. Waukegan's closes up earlier than an Iowa town and the building looks like it was designed by a Russian architect, circa 1960. Let's move north to Zion, where the station is well, not a station. It's a platform which doesn't even compare to the nice El platforms in the Big City. As for parking, it's catch-as-catch-can. The same goes for the "station" in Windy Harbor. The North Chicago station is hidden in back of Abbott Laboratories and, once again, is a skinny platform.
Maybe these four communities should have joined in the discrimination lawsuit. They want to see disparities in funding? Come north and see what Metra gives Waukegan, Zion and Winthrop Harbor. The Hound doesn't even think Zion and Windy Harbor have porta-potties on site. Now that is discrimination.