Gov. Quinn earlier this month formally signed off on almost $392 million in funding for a variety of CTA rail projects, by putting his signature on the Illinois Jobs Now bill.
The CTA projects include:
- $200 million for the reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station. This project will be bid out in 2013 and construction will probably begin in 2014.
- "Major station rehabs" at Sheridan, Bryn Mawr and Loyola. Read more on the Loyola project. I will write an update on the Loyola project later this week. No details have emerged yet on Sheridan and Bryn Mawr. But we do know that Alderman Harry Osterman asked the CTA to pull Bryn Mawr out of the Red Line north interim improvement project to do something a little bigger.
- Updated electrical substations.
- Viaduct work as far north as Central
AvenueStreet in Evanston.
- Rehab of portions of the Blue Line.
- The $86 million Red Line north interim improvement project.
- Contingency funding for the Red Line south Dan Ryan branch track renewal project.
Great to see Illinois finally committing and spending its capital works funding on CTA projects.