The state legislature last week voted to give the CTA about half of the $1.8 billion it approved in another “mini” capital spending bill. And while $900 million is nothing to sneeze at, the measure funded mostly by sin taxes would just “prevent the system from getting worse,” says Brian Imus, director of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group.
And Gov. Quinn hasn’t even signed the bill yet, so it’s not a done deal till then. The money is not enough to fund expansions of service such as the Red Line south to 130th Street, or the Orange Line extension to Ford City Mall. PIRG last week issued a press release and report about the fate of public transit projects.
Meetings on Red Line extension. And speaking of the Red Line extension, public meetings will be held
tonight next Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, both from 6 to 8 pm. Wednesday’s meeting is slated for the Olive-Harvey College Cafeteria, 10001 South Woodlawn in Chicago. Thursday’s will be at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 South Halsted in Chicago.
At the meetings, the CTA “will receive input on the latest analysis and a recommended locally preferred
alternative for the CTA’s proposed extension of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red
Line from 95th Street.”
See the continuation for how the capital bill will be funded by additional (mostly) sin taxes.
- Vehicle Title/Transfer Fees: $114.5 million
- Driver’s License Fees: 40.6 million
- Vehicle Registration Fee: 176.0 million
- Sales Tax on Candy/
and Beauty Aids/Beverages: 150.0 million
- Liquor Tax Increase: 113.7 million
- Lottery Improvements: 150.0 million
- Video Gaming: 375.0 million
TOTAL: $1.119.0 billion