The transit agency next week will issue a Request for Proposals for
companies interested in naming rights to L stations, rail lines, bus routes, special services or events and retail space. We
suspect Apple will be the first in line for rights to the North/Clybourn
station. The stipulation for first naming rights was included in its $4
million contract to rehab the North/Clybourn station house, which is
next door to its newly opened Apple store. So, give us some ideas on potential station, bus or rail line names.
Free rides under more scrutiny. Leadership in the state Legislature is
promising to take another crack at eliminating free rides for senior
citizens, now that the election is over.
This come in the wake of news that free rides could cost as much as $162 million per yeard by 2030.
Sprint/Nextel customers gain subway cell access. The CTA inked a deal with Sprint/Nextel to lease its subway communications lines and offer customers data and cell service in the subways. It is the sixth cell service provider to offer subway service. The CTA will receive about $3.1 million under the 10-year contract.
Santa Claus is coming to rails. The much-loved CTA Holiday Train kicks
off this Christmas season on Sat., Nov. 20 on the Red Line and Purple Lines. Stay tuned
for details of this year's CTA Tattler Holiday Train outing. See the
continuation for full schedule. And check out my photos from last year's Tattler Santa Tweet-up
About half of laid-off workers back at work. Due to retirements or resignations, the CTA "has been able to rehire 400 workers, and have another 90 in the pipeline," CTA President Richard Rodriguez told the board Wednesday.
2011 budget approved. Oh, and by the way, the CTA board also OKed the 2011 budget of $1.337 billion. It maintains current service and fare levels.
Schedule for Holiday Train
- November 20 & 21 - Red and Purple Lines
- November 24, 26 & 27 - Green Line
- December 1 -:Pink Line
- December 2-4 - Blue Line
- December 8-11 - Brown and Orange Lines
- December 15 - Red Line
- December 16 - Purple Line
- December 17 & 20 - Red Line
- December 21 - Purple Line
- December 22 - Yellow Line