After missing an application deadline more than a year ago due to city hall screwups, the CTA has again applied for $150 million in federal funds for a bus rapid transit pilot project, Crain's is reporting:
Under the grant request, express buses that stop only every half-mile or so would get exclusive use of one lane each way on four streets, at least during rush hours. Patrons would pre-pay at the bus stops, with rear-door boarding and special buses to speed service.
The thoroughfares involved are 79th Street, from Ford City to South Shore Drive; Chicago Avenue from Austin Boulevard to Navy Pier; Halsted Street from Waveland/Broadway to 79th Street, and Jeffery Boulevard from 103rd Street/Stony Island to Jefferson/Washington.
The CTA was so confident of getting this funding that in April of 2008 they said the deal was done.
At least Mayor Daley was able to convince Bush officials late in 2008 to hold over the grant money till Obama took office. And those funds still haven't been awarded. So there's still hope. Though well over 50 commenters at my old site wished it were dead.