Well, I'm not going to go to either side of the fence here, but on the quote from Union President Kelly...
There is a more basic issue here...why was Kelly opening his mouth? At noon it was said he was there only to make sure that the operator had representation while being questioned. Then, later in the day he quotes incriminating statements.
In a sense, it is worse than A Rod, as A Rod had lawyers to represent him at disciplinary hearings. Here, the union has already sold her out, or more technically, violated her right to fair representation by the union.
Hopefully Your New Blue will ease the tension of this as the days move forward. This is an unfortunate event that occurred but thankfully no fatalities occurred. Moving forward, the CTA may need to do some reshuffling within its rail operations as 2 major events have happened on the Blue Line within months of each other and both have not been the best PR for the CTA. Maybe instead of moving forward on a safe elevated line on the Red Line North, CTA should focus on a rapidly aging Blue Line with rapidly aging rail cars. The future plans on the 3200 rehab, Forest Park Renewal & Your New Blue can't come soon enough & probably should be accelerated sooner than later.
Other than your first sentence makes sense. The implication from the first is that somehow the usual bread and circuses about the Mayor appearing at a construction project and trying to give the impression that something is getting fixed when it isn't is wearing thin when there are inexplicable events like this splashed all over the TV at the rate they recently have been.
However, on the manners of substance, you have something. Your New Blue is supposed to replace the signal system somewhere, the indication being on the stretch from Jefferson Park to O'Hare. While it was the first to get bidirectional signals, maybe they have worn out on their 30th anniversary.
The wearing out point also reminds me that while places like chicago-l.org had lists of wrecked and mismatched cars, it seemed like the fleets stayed pretty intact during the 1990s and 2000s. A few cars got damaged with stuff like people running the crossing gates on the Ravenswood,but not the real freaky stuff like the 1977 wreck, or a 1976 one at Addison. Then there were these recent two.
But with regard to North Red vs. Blue, it was represented that the bridges on the North Red were about to collapse if that didn't get some work, and the work that it got was represented as only having a short service life until they get the $2-4 billion they say they need to fix that. At the same time, $400 million is only a patchwork for the New Blue, and apparently $500 million wasn't even a patchwork for the Brown. When CTA always has $8 billion in unmet capital needs despite what it spends (and Metra another $10 billion), the system is going to fall apart eventually. That's why I questioned the RTA director of planning and acting executive director's comments yesterday.