A mistake by the CTA that was supposed to cost $300,000 to fix has now ballooned to about $5.7 million.
That’s the price tag to replace the faulty wood platforms at most new Brown Line stations with properly weatherized wood, according to an investigation by the Better Government Association and CBS 2. The CTA used wood for the platforms with a fireproofing chemical that they mistakenly thought would also protect it from rain, snow and other elements. Wrong.
A CTA spokesman was very matter-of-fact about the debacle in the CBS 2 story:
“The materials that were originally installed had a much shorter lifespan than they should have,” said CTA spokesman Brian Steele. “They only lasted about five to six years.”
All that occurred under a prior administration, Steele noted.
“The materials that were installed, in moving forward, will have an expected lifespan of 15 to 20 years, and that’s really what should be expected,” Steele said.
Asked whether the people responsible were held accountable for the, Steele said, “The staff that worked on that project are no longer with CTA. … They’ve moved on to other employment. They retired.”