Happy New Year! Here are a couple of interesting news items you might have missed over the holidays.
CTA wins new bus rapid transit funds. The CTA got another Federal Transit administration grant, this one for $1.6 million to help design a BRT route along Jeffery Boulevard from 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue to Jefferson Street and Washington Boulevard.
Brown Line wood platforms decaying. Some platform wood at eight renovated Brown Line has deteriorated so much that it had to be replaced — at a cost of about $300,000. The CTA said preservatives added to the wood were to blame for the deterioration, the New York Times reports.
The CTA used to use creosote to protect wood on platforms,but it was too sticky, as shown at the Sheridan Red Line stop.