Here are a few items of note from the last week:
RTA asks for budget update. RTA Executive Director Joseph Costello is looking for some answers from CTA President Forrest Claypool on the progress he’s making to balance the budget this year, the Sun-Times reports. As you may recall, Claypool submitted and got approval for a budget that was technically $80 million in the red. He said he planned to close that gap by negotiating work rule changes, health care reform and restraint in wage growth. Costello has requested a meeting with Claypool for sometime next week to hear how that’s going. We’d like to know too! So stay tuned.
Bus Tracker helps keep students safe. Students at 35 highs schools throughout the city are monitoring Bus Tracker screens inside school to reduce the amount of time they have to spend on adjacent crime-ridden streets. Check out the CBS2 story about Phillips High School, where there have been 74 violent incidents this year.
Second Yellow Line station at Asbury? A study by the city of Evanston
CTA study recommends building another new Yellow Line station at Asbury Avenue in Evanston. But there’s that little problem of funding. Read the Tribune update.