Here are some CTA news items you may have missed, plus this week's Holiday Train schedule.
Full vote of confidence from Rahm for CTA Prez Claypool. "Forrest has more than my full confidence," quoth Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a DNAinfo Chicago report. That's despite the less-than-smooth rollout of the new Ventra fare payment system.
Emanuel said that he does not hold Claypool responsible, "because Cubic is responsible for delivering a better service. Forrest always will have and does have my full confidence." Emanuel pointed to the success of the summerlong Red Line reconstruction project, completed on deadline and on budget, and said Claypool has been concentrating on the Ventra issues, adding, "He's holding Cubic's feet to the fire."
I know the following may not make me very popular with many of my readers - but I happen to agree Claypool doesn't deserve to lose his job over this mess. But he does need to keep the pressure on and heat turned up high to make Cubic solve the problems with the card.
Santa goes Orange and Brown on Holiday Train. Look for Santa Claus and the volunteer CTA employee elves this week riding the Orange and Brown lines via the Holiday Train. View the schedule for Wednesday through Saturday. Make special note of the two Santa photo opps at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Midway, and 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Kimball.
CTA contractor cited for employee's death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Aldridge Electric, a Libertyville electric contractor, for not following federal workplace safety laws after a 36-year-old employee died of heat stroke while working on the Dan Ryan branch of the CTA's Red Line project this past summer, write the Grayslake Patch. Aldridge Electric faces a $7,000 fine because it did not have "an adequate and effective heat stress program," and failed to make sure a new employee "was acclimatized to effects of heat and physical exertion," according to the Lake County News Sun.