The artist behind the ambitious Mobile Garden project was hopeful last year about securing proper funding to get launch his flat-bed rail car on the CTA this spring.
But right now, Joe Baldwin is still negotiating with corporate sponsors. "Nothing is set in stone," said Baldwin. "And until we have a corp partner we're 'waiting for signal clearance ahead'."
The Mobile Garden website provides a succinct description: "The mobile garden project is a one month art installation of a native
plant garden onto a CTA flat train car with regular service."You can also donate at the website.
Baldwin last year got the CTA to sign off on the project, but they are only providing the means to propel the car. No funding for the project is coming from the CTA.
Good luck to Baldwin on fund-raising. I think it's a cool idea.
Here's a Chicagoist interview with Baldwin from last year with more details on the project.
On a semi-related note, I ran across this photo of a flatbed car for stowing bikes on the Stuttgart Rack Railway in Germany. The railway started using the flatbed for bikes in 1982. Of course, this couldn't work in Chicago for a number of reasons, not the least of which are liability concerns and inadequate platform length.