About 400 bus shelters will sport next-bus arrivals signs by September 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday. The first 150 signs will be installed at the busiest bus stops by March. The 400 shelters cover about 20 percent of the total number of shelters, but cover almost 80 percent of the CTA bus ridership, said President Forrest Claypool.
The CTA is paying for the signs with $1.4 million of its own funds, $1.8 million from a Regional Transportation Authority grant, and another $640,000 in federal transit funds.
It's clear that Emanuel and Claypool are trying to make the CTA experience more pleasant and convenient - as shown by this initiative, and the station renewal program.
The first arrival sign was installed in Kenwood. (Chicago Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak)