CTA new job count: 900 announced in one day

If President Obama had more agencies and companies making new-job announcements as the CTA did Tuesday, his re-election would be a slam dunk.

The tally for the CTA:

  • 400 new part-time jobs for bus drivers related to the 2013 Red Line South track renewal project.
  • 500 construction positions for workers to modernize the CTA’s repair and maintenance facilities.

The bus-operator jobs will be permanent and remain after the Red Line South project ends. The CTA will hold three job fairs to seeks applicants for the positions. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday, July 30, at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive. See the press release for more details and locations of the other job fairs.

The construction jobs come from the $205 million rehab and modernization project at seven bus facilities. The rehab at the bus and repair facilities will begin in early 2013 and continue through 2015. “Work will include the repair or replacement of critical maintenance systems, including bus fueling/servicing facilities, bus hoists, inspection pits and wash racks; expansion of the South Shops heavy maintenance facility to accommodate the increased number of articulated buses in the fleet; and the installation of a new surveillance camera network and other security enhancements at all bus facilities,” according to a press release. The project will be paid for with federal formula funds and CTA sales-tax bonds.

Read the Tribune story.



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  • LOL, yeah, that's been Obama's problem all along -- not enough government jobs!

  • In reply to darkwing:

    Nice! Looking for the Like button on your comment Darkwing!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    You can do that later today when we launch Facebook Comments, Kevin.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Ha! I knew you were going to say that Jimmy!. However, then Darkwing would no longer be Darkwing.

    DW: Do you have a Facebook account and would you comment with it, knowing that you would no long be anonymous? (Assuming you don't set up a fake Facebook account.)

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    No, and I have yet to come across a Tribune blog that would be worth the hassle of setting one up.

    Nice try with the "anonymous" strawman, though. While I'm sure that line sounds great in Tribune meeting rooms, and the PR reps here no doubt are sincere in delivering it, nobody actually believes that's an issue, right?

  • In reply to darkwing:

    The only thing I find different on the main Tribune site, other than the number of comments is down, is that those who are "off" are now identifiable by their Facebook identities, but I don't know if one wants to engage someone who has a doctored image of Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes peeing on you on his Wall.

    I see from clicking the link I provided below that Scooter Libby has also voted no.

  • In reply to darkwing:

    Actually a big reason the recovery has been tepid is that the states have been shedding workers at such a steady clip. It's the opposite of stimulus.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    Recovery is measured against the private sector; government jobs are irrelevant. (Apart from artificially lowering the unemployment rate, anyway.)

  • In reply to darkwing:

    I don't know if I go entirely with you on that one. However, wealth is created only if people are willing to buy and pay for a service or product voluntarily. Transit riders generally do not appear willing to do so.

    Public sector job losses impact the unemployment rate, but unless something is done (especially in Illinois) to encourage private employment, the public employees will have to pay themselves.

    It appears that the feds no longer have the stomach for stimulus by infrastructure. While the infrastructure is necessary (although I wonder how much of the ARRA asphalt has survived this heat wave), we have to consider these two developments:

    (a) CTA's claim (reflected in this post) of creating 900 jobs, but barely mentioning that they have again borrowed to pay for most of them, in addition to those jobs not being permanent. If fare paying demand does not increase by 2014, those 400 temporary bus drivers will be out of a job.

    (b) The article in today's Tribune about Sumitomo opening its plant in Rochelle, but raising the issue that once it processes the Metra order and a few other small ones, what will be left to sustain it? On the other hand, so long as Hyundai-Kia continue satisfying their customers, its U.S. plants will stay open, for instance.

  • While not directed to me, I have saved an autotext response to this issue:

    I responded to this one on Drive, She Said" of July 18, 2012", which applies here.

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