A lot has been written by others of the legacy that Phil Pagano left Metra.
Having only ridden the Chicago and Northwestern line, I see less service since Metra took over, not more, except for the new Pingree Road Station.
The lessening of customer service pre-dated Pagano’s leadership, so I won’t blame him.
Other say that service on train lines other than the Northwestern (purchased by the Union Pacific) have improved. I’ll take their word for it. I’ve hear the Milwaukee Line was not so good.
Not much will be written about Pagano’s other legacy—showing people all over the country how to commit suicide. (Yes, all over the country. The 11 PM national CBS radio news led with his suicide and it made national TV.)
It is just too coincidental that yesterday’s Pingree Road suicide by train took place in Crystal Lake.
It strains credulity to think that the man who killed himself was not inspired by Pagano’s method of ending his life.Everyone who is depressed does not have a handgun.
Everyone does have a nearby train.
If it appears I’m disturbed, I am.
Pagano did not have to make a public spectacle of his death.