It's the little things that add up to bigger savings.
The CTA is estimating it will save about $177,000 in cleaning costs by turning to a "green" multi-use liquid cleaner to clean buses, train and facilities. In 2009 the CTA spent $1.6 million on cleaning supplies. Switching to MiraGreen will save more than 10% on that budget expense.
Budget hearings start next week. And speaking budget expenses, starting next week the CTA holds four public hearings on the proposed 2011 budget. The budget is almost $67 million more than that of 2010. Details here. Click on the continuation for location details.
CTA wins federal funds for garage rehab. The CTA recently was awarded $37 million in Federal Transit Administration grants. About $32 billion will fund a bus garage rehab program. It will "focus on upgrades at CTA's existing bus
garages and bus heavy maintenance facilities," the CTA says. "Improvements will be made
to roofs, hoists, inspection pits, electrical systems and other
elements." The remaining $5.4 million will fund a bus asset management program. That system "will focus on bus facility capital assets related to systems and
equipment," says the CTA. "Improvements will include migrating to a central database,
performing an engineering condition assessment field study and
developing a modeling tool using the data to prioritize investments." Tuesday, Oct. 19
Austin Town Hall
5610 W. Lake Street, Chicago
Thursday, Oct. 21
740 W. 63rd Street, Chicago
Tuesday, Oct, 26
567 W. Lake St., Chicago
Thursday, Oct. 28
1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago