Here are some CTA news and notes from the past week or so.
Ventra issues surface; CTA dealing with them. Some glitches in loading value on the new Ventra payment cards arose this week among students, the Tribune reports. Money put on the card online wasn't showing up on the cards themselves. The CTA said, "The Ventra team has resolved those issues quickly—in many cases that same day—to make sure that impact on customers is minimal." I think we all have to remember this is a new system, and there will be problems. Be sure and report those problems right away to get them fixed.
Historic Quincy Loop "L" station to get fresh look, elevators. The CTA will use $15.7 million of city tax-increment financing (TIF) funds to make the historic Quincy station accessible to customers with disabilities, says a CTA news release. "Improvements will include the addition of two elevators, the replacement of two sets of entrance stairs, as well as painting, lighting improvements, and other repairs—while retaining the historic appearance of the station, one of the few surviving original Loop "L" stations. The Quincy station, built in 1897, was last renovated 25 years ago in 1988. It is now in need of additional of upgrades and repairs."
CTA appoints rail construction manager. Parsons Brinckerhoff will oversee the delivery of all CTA rail projects throughout the city, according to Global Rail News. "The company will provide construction management services for Chicago transport projects, starting with the $220 million Red Line track renewal program."
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