Former Daley chief of staff named CTA president

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Chicago Transit Authority board voted unanimously to appoint Ron Huberman as its new president Tuesday afternoon.

Huberman replaces Frank Kruesi, whose abrasive personality along with transit service problems and lack of confidence from Mayor Richard Daley and legislative leaders, cost him his job.

Huberman said he will hit the ground running and promised to reform the agency with millions of dollars in budget cuts and attempt to convince lawmakers in Springfield that the CTA deserves a financial bailout, which is under consideration.

Huberman, who was Mayor Daley's chief of staff, said he has already been studying ways to improve service for the 1.5 million daily CTA riders frustrated by derailments and delays.

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