Transportation Weaknesses Hurting Chicago's Olympic Bid

Chicago has come in second-to-last place in the selection of finalists seeking to host the 2016 Olympics. The city's bid was criticized for not having a strong transportation plan.

"The Second City ranks only third of the four finalists selected Wednesday in Athens by the International Olympic Committee's executive committee. Technical evaluations by an IOC working group cited weak spots in Chicago's transportation plan; construction budgets that appear to be too low; and financial guarantees that don't meet IOC requirements."

"The appraisal of Chicago's transportation concept ranked the city far below the infrastructure work that Tokyo and Madrid have completed and are planning to complete prior to the games."

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Utah Transit Authority Destruction of the Bus System

Tammi Diaz
Salt Lake City had the Olympic in 2002. Utah Transit Authority started the Destruction of the Bus System in 1997. So they could put more Revenue into Light Rail and FrontRunner Diesel, which is causing more Pollution. After full System Developed, FrontRunner Trains will likely Burn over 4 Million Gallons of Diesel a year. They will Dump an added 400 to 500 Tons of NOx into the Air each year, beyond reductions from car/truck Emissions and Bus "Economies". John Inglish
General Manager Salary is $266,614 Bonus $39,860 Other
Incentives $60,526 Total $100,386, there 9 more High Paid Executives that Receive Huge Salaries and Huge Bonuses, all at Tax Payer Expense. Utah Transit Authority has Less then Half as EFFICIENT Transit System. Chicago's Transit System will step up to the Plate for the Olympic.

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