New bus, train cleaning solution to save CTA $177K

It’s the little things that add up to bigger savings.

The CTA is estimating it will save about $177,000 in cleaning costs by turning to a “green” multi-use liquid cleaner to clean buses, train and facilities. In 2009 the CTA spent $1.6 million on cleaning supplies. Switching to MiraGreen will save more than 10% on that budget expense.

Budget hearings start next week. And speaking budget expenses, starting next week the CTA holds four public hearings on the proposed 2011 budget. The budget is almost $67 million more than that of 2010. Details here. Click on the continuation for location details.

CTA wins federal funds for garage rehab. The CTA recently was awarded $37 million in Federal Transit Administration grants. About $32 billion will fund a bus garage rehab program. It will “focus on upgrades at CTA’s existing bus
garages and bus heavy maintenance facilities,” the CTA says. “Improvements will be made
to roofs, hoists, inspection pits, electrical systems and other
elements.” The remaining $5.4 million will fund a bus asset management program. That system “will focus on bus facility capital assets related to systems and
equipment,” says the CTA. “Improvements will include migrating to a central database,
performing an engineering condition assessment field study and
developing a modeling tool using the data to prioritize investments.” Tuesday, Oct. 19
Austin Town Hall
5610 W. Lake Street, Chicago

Thursday, Oct. 21
Kennedy-King College
740 W. 63rd Street, Chicago

Tuesday, Oct, 26
CTA Headquarters
567 W. Lake St., Chicago

Thursday, Oct. 28
Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago


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  • OT, but today is the last chance to vote for Bus Tracker for the Chicago Innovation Awards People's Choice award.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Also off-topic, but you reminded me by mentioning this new grant. Have you heard anything about when the dedicated bus lanes / BRT (for which the CTA was awarded the Circulator Grant) will be implemented?

    Clinton / Canal could really use having these in place.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I thought RonH already switched CTA to a greener cleaner. Much to my surprise recently I was assaulted by Mr. Clean-like fumes on the one day that they actually decided to clean a CTA vehicle recently. It took me back to the old days of Uncle Frank when your eyes would regularly water after a "cleaning." Say what you will about RonH, the equipment was cleaner during his reign. Whither the Gumbuster?

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