Ya know, with all these CTA projects underway or about to start, one might think there was an election looming around the bend.
Oh yeah! The election for mayor of Chicago is Feb. 24, 2015. And yes, you gotta hand it to Mayor Emanuel - he's been delivering on his CTA promises.
Here are some of the projects completed, underway or scheduled to begin early next year.
- Complete rebuild of the south end of the Red Line, from Cermak Chinatown to 95th. This $425 million project was completed last year, and it was a big risk that has paid off. The entire south end was shut down for five months for the project, but the results are phenomenal. New track and track bed eliminated basically 10 miles of slow zones, and many of the stations were spruced up and some were made accessible with elevators.
- CTA breaks ground on new 95th Street Bus, Red Line terminal. Emanuel last week broke ground on a new 95th Street Terminal. The $240 million reconstruction project will replace the current facility, built in 1969, creating a transit hub that will serve CTA’s busiest rail line and 1,000 buses each weekday.
- Your New Blue station and track upgrades from Grand to O'Hare. This four-year, $492 million project includes new stations, slow zone repairs and faster service to O'Hare Airport.
- Wilson station reconstruction. This $203 million project to rebuild the station and reconfigure the tracks is set to start in October.
- Ravenswood Connector slow zone elimination work. This ongoing track work focuses on the elevated part of the 'L' between Armitage and the Loop, currently used by Brown Line and Purple Line Express service. It's a $71 million project expected to be complete next year.
- The Clark/Division station renovation project is actually being done under the auspices of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), but that's under Rahm's control too. This $41 million project should be complete next year.
- New Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station is a $50 million project that should be completed this year.
- Central Loop bus rapid transit project and the new Washington/Wabash CTA Loop elevated station, both CDOT projects. As the Tribune reported today, these two projects will start next year and cost $35.5 million and $75 million respectively.
And this list doesn't include the Red Line North Interim station improvement project or the delivery of the new 5000 Series rail cars.
Add up those numbers and you get a grand total of $1.632 billion.
I'm not sure if that's enough to buy another four-year term, but Rahm no doubt thinks it's a good down payment.
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