If President Obama had more agencies and companies making new-job announcements as the CTA did Tuesday, his re-election would be a slam dunk.
The tally for the CTA:
- 400 new part-time jobs for bus drivers related to the 2013 Red Line South track renewal project.
- 500 construction positions for workers to modernize the CTA's repair and maintenance facilities.
The bus-operator jobs will be permanent and remain after the Red Line South project ends. The CTA will hold three job fairs to seeks applicants for the positions. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday, July 30, at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive. See the press release for more details and locations of the other job fairs.
The construction jobs come from the $205 million rehab and modernization project at seven bus facilities. The rehab at the bus and repair facilities will begin in early 2013 and continue through 2015. "Work will include the repair or replacement of critical maintenance systems, including bus fueling/servicing facilities, bus hoists, inspection pits and wash racks; expansion of the South Shops heavy maintenance facility to accommodate the increased number of articulated buses in the fleet; and the installation of a new surveillance camera network and other security enhancements at all bus facilities," according to a press release. The project will be paid for with federal formula funds and CTA sales-tax bonds.
Read the Tribune story.