There may be fewer craned necks hanging over sidewalks at 160 CTA bus stops, as they will soon have digital screens displaying next-bus arrival times to consult. The 160 stops represent just over 1% of the CTA's nearly 12,000 bus stops.
Well, it's a start.
And In a nod to Chicago politics, at least one sign will be installed in each of the city's 50 wards.
The CTA board Wednesday OK'ed a $1 million contract to buy the 160 screens from Luminator Holding. So, that's $6,250 per screen.
And JC Decaux, the company that currently provides and maintains CTA bus shelters, won a $687,300 contract to install, maintain and remove the signs. That's almost $4,300 a pop.
I'm in the wrong business.
Funding for the signs comes from a Regional Transit Authority grant and a
Federal Transit Authority, Congestion Mitigation and Quality (CMAQ)
grant. CTA also has the option to purchase up to 2,050 LED signs for up
to five years from the date of the contract, according to a press release.
The CTA also has the option to buy 2,050 more screens, which would cover close to 20% of all bus stops.
Claypool named new CTA president
The CTA board also on Wednesday
unanimously approved Forrest Claypool to serve as the agency's new
Read the press release Claypool's credentials.
The deets: He starts work Monday -- the same day as Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel -- and will earn $198,000 per year.
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