CTA lists its key infrastructure improvements in 2010

Last week I wrote recaps of the CTA's year in review, and the top stories of 2010. Now I figured I would give the CTA a chance to toot its own horn. They issued a press release last week listing the goals accomplished in 2010.

Following are what the CTA calls its key infrastructure improvements for 2010:

  • The CTA notes that it found other ways to finance the critical capital needs.
  • CTA has been awarded more than $55 million in grants for various projects.
  • It used "$12.5 million in federal stimulus funds to construct a new entrance on Archer Avenue to the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown station. The entrance serves as the primary access point for customers while the
    main entrance to the station is rebuilt and made accessible."
  • CTA continues to work with the Chicago Department of Transportation on the rehab of the State-Grand Red Line station and "the construction of the CTA's first new station in nearly a decade" - the Morgan Green Line station in the West Loop.
  • Apple Inc. funded a $4 million rehab of the station house at the North/Clybourn Red Line station.
  • In-service testing of eight new Series 5000 rail cars started in 2010 and continues this year.
  • Security cameras were installed at all 144 rail stations.
  • The agency enhanced functionality of its Bus Tracker program, "making the information more readily accessible. In 2010, the two-way
    texting feature was enhanced with instructions posted on bus stops on
    how to receive estimated arrival times via text message."


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  • Seriously? It cost $12.5 million to to construct a new entrance on Archer Avenue in Chinatown? And how could the refurbish of Clybourn cost 1/3 the costs the of installing install one stairway with a cage around it. Either these numbers are wrong, or the CTA really doesn't know how to manage money.

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