CTA sorts through RFPs for 29 rail concession locations

In yesterday's post, I reviewed the first year of Jones Lang LaSalle's contract with the CTA to handle concessions, parking and transit-oriented development. JLL recently put out an RFP to rent 29 concession locations at 25 rail stations. Please see the continuation for a list of the 29 locations.

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The criteria for inclusion in the RFP was the location had to be "available, clean and dry," said Bill
Trumbull, the CTA's general manager for real estate and asset management. "We are very pleased with

Right now the CTA is sorting through those responses,
with a goal of bringing five or six of them to the November board
meeting for lease approval.

For Jones Lang LaSalle Vice
President Sandra Greene, the goal is to get "the largest number of
locations rented. We look at these concession locations not only for
the revenue potential, but also as a service to riders. We want to
combine the two and get as many rented as is reasonably possible."

this case, "reasonable" is defined by the location, the space available
and its visibility to the public. "People need to be able to see and
get around in the space easily," Greene said.

"The CTA certainly needs the revenue, but the rent has to be reasonable for the tenant and suit the needs of the community."

this point, Trumbull interjected a small dose of reality. "Renting
these spaces isn't going to be the cure-all to all the CTA's budget
woes." He also emphasized that he competes with other CTA units for for
very scarce capital budget dollars. "And of course the CTA needs to
focus on its core mission and competency of operating the trains and
buses. That's why we hired JLL -- they have the expertise in real
estate management."

And just how many of those scarce capital
dollars would the CTA have to spend to make these space clean, dry and
available for rent? An investment of about $830,000 is needed to rehab
a total of 18 concession spaces at Granville ($340,000), Morse/Lunt
($370,000) and Jarvis ($120,000).   

And remember, this investment would have to occur during the biggest economic downturn in more than 30 years.

See the continuation for the list of 29 locations.

1. Red-Belmont

2. Red-Fullerton

3. Red-79th

4. Red-95th-A

5. Red-95th-B

6. Red-Howard/Howard St. Entrance

7. Red-Howard/Paulina St. Entrance

8. Red-Lake/Randolph

9. Red-Monroe/Adams

10. Red-Monroe/Madison
11. Red-Roosevelt

12. Purple-Main

13. Pink-54th/Cermak

14. Pink-Central Park

15. Pink-Damen

16. Pink-Pulaski

17. Orange-Ashland

18. Green-Cottage Grove/63rd

19. Green-King Dr.

20. Brown-Montrose

21. Brown-Wellington

22. Blue-Clinton

23. Blue-Irving Park

24. Blue-Jackson (east)

25. Blue-Jackson (west)

26. Blue-LaSalle/Congress

27. Blue-Logan Square

28. Blue-UIC-Halsted

29. Orange-Midway


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  • There are 18 spaces available for rent (if repair work is done) at those 3 stops? That seems like a lot...

  • From Crain's:

    Some of the Chicago Transit Authority's seediest el stations are in for a $10-million fix-up, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin reports.

    In a statement, the Illinois Democrat said the fiscal 2010 transportation funding bill approved by the Senate includes $10 million for projects on Red Line stations from Sheridan north to Jarvis.

    Eligible work includes improved lighting, signage and windbreaks; new escalators, benches and public-address systems, and better landscaping and bicycle amenities.

    The stations are among the oldest in the CTA system, with some not having received any significant work since before World War II.

    The $10 mil. won't go far . . . but it's a start. The CTA had no immediate comment, and it was not clear whether the federal funds will be matched by state and/or local monies, as is usually the case with transit projects.

    Mr. Durbin also announced that the CTA is in line for $2 million for very preliminary work on the CTA's proposed Circle Line in the central area of the city.

  • Partner with the constuction unions to make the rehab part of a job training program,so costs can be shared.

  • While it is nice to have concessions at many locations, I would hope the CTA will look at the locations that have had previous businesses that went out of business at certain stops, there is a reason businesses fail in high end traffic locations. I find irony here also, on the Pink line 2 locations, Damen is one of them, none of the automatic opening doors at the Pink line stops out of downtown work, why, the contractor did not hardwire the doors, but put in garage door openers, that operate on 9 volt batteries, yet we spend millions of dollars to again rehab concession stand, and the Pink line which was a recent rehab has a few different issues of falling apart already. GO CTA...

  • Yeah ... those Jackson street kiosks are really gonna be great. I'd like to see how they are gonna keep them from flooding evey time it rains moderately hard. There also used to be vendors there until 3-4 years ago until the CTA kicked them out.

  • I'm all in favor of this scheme. The Dunkin Donuts at Polk on the Pink Line is a busy place and it would be wonderful to have more stations with something similar. Concessions in the train stations are one of the pleasantries of the London Underground and they are all-too-rare in US transit. Good for the CTA in ramping up something like London's arrangement.

    Please clarify what the deal is with Granville, Morse and Jarvis. They're not in the main list and they're not close to the vast majority of these other stations in terms of ridership. It just doesn't make sense that they'd be a significant priority for concession development. Presumably the CTA will get started with spaces serving high ridership that don't need major work.

  • In reply to dblissmn:

    Decisivemoment: Sorry to confuse you on Granville, Morse and Jarvis. I mentioned them to show the challenge the CTA has in getting some stations "Clean and dry." And the money it may cost.

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