Chicago is an old city, and when you look at the region’s transportation infrastructure, it looks the part. Decades of neglect and underfunding have left the region’s and the city’s rails, roads, bridges, and transit in deplorable condition.
Tell someone in Finland that the commuter trains sometimes don’t run when it gets to 20 degrees because the switches are heated with open flames, and they’ll think you’re joking. Tell someone from Germany that it’s normal for winter weather to cause potholes big enough to disable a car, and they’ll think you’re from the third world. Tell someone in Singapore that it takes 45 minutes for the subway to travel 15 miles from O’Hare airport to The Loop, and they’ll arrest you for smoking crack.
Recently the program In the Loop on WYCC television did a segment on our woeful situation. You can view the video above.