The CTA got good news on a number of fronts in the last few days. Here's a wrap-up.
State finally coughs up some capital funding. Gov. Quinn on Thursday announced the CTA will get $253 million to fix slow zones on the Loop L, rehab the Green Line Ashland/63rd station, and begin repairs of crumbling Purple Line viaducts, among other projects. The funding is part of a total of $900 million for transit agencies authorized by the Legislature last year. But it took more than a year actually fund these transit projects, while funds for road repairs were issued right away.
Suburbanites support more transit investment. The state Legislature ought to pay attention to the new Tribune poll, which shows a majority of suburbanites now support investing more in mass transit than in roads. This is welcome news, and somewhat surprising. Now we just need to see the Legislature follow through with more funding all around for mass transit.
CTA vending machines to sell magazines. The CTA is getting into the reading business by installing vending machines to sell magazines at a handful of train stations. The test project will earn the CTA a minimum of $500 per month per machine. I guess every dollar helps. But I really don't see many folks reading magazines on my Red Line commute.