RTA exec. director quitting

February 18, 2010 3:23:17 PM PST
The executive director of the RTA is calling it quits. He says his frustration with the job plays a role in his decision.

Stephen Schlickman says he signed on for 5 years in the job with the Regional Transportation Authority and that time is up in October. He says he wants to return to his consulting practice.

Meanwhile, Schlickman says mass transit riders in Chicago and the suburbs could see more service cuts this summer. He says cuts could happen because of the state's delay in turning over $250 million owed to the RTA.

"Every government agency is frustrated with the state of affairs. (It's) all the state's problems, it's not just transit, it's for every government service that depends on state funding," said Stephen Schlickman, RTA Executive Director.

Earlier this month, the Chicago Transit Authority cut service. The CTA Chairman Jim Reilly says he has some confidence that the state funding issue can be resolved within a few months.