This is the second installment of the 2009 CTA news in review, focused on the second quarter.
April: When April opened, the CTA announced
slow zone work in the Blue Line Dearborn tunnel – funded by federal stimulus
funds – would create 400 jobs. The CTA and RTA came to a meeting of the minds
and agreed the
2008 deficit was just $56 million, not $87 million. Meanwhile, the state came
up with almost $500 million in capital funding. Just in time for Opening
Day, the CTA put
up digital signs displaying next-train info. And we heard that crime jumped on
trains and buses.
May: The CTA explained
how this year’s Blue Line slow zone work differed
from last year’s. The CTA finished
its Bus Tracker rollout this month – and announced
email and text alerts would soon be available for Bus Tracker. And once again, the CTA transferred
capital funds to the operating budget to fill its 2009 budget gap. CTA Tattler joined
the Chicago Tribune’s network of blogs at ChicagoNow.com.
June: I started the month reminding readers about the
behaviors that are illegal on the CTA. CTA Tattler celebrated
its fifth anniversary in June, plus I learned the Tattler was named
sites. We learned how the recession
was affecting CTA ridership, and how technical
glitches shut down next-train arrival times on CTA’s digital screens. The
Grand station reconstruction on the Red Line moved
into Stage Two. Harassment
of women on the CTA got more notice in a Sun-Times story. We got yet more news
of budget shortfalls for 2009, this time for $35 million.