Category: 2012 budget

CTA plan to reduce overcrowding: Devil is in details - and execution

The CTA’s plan to reduce crowding on the most jammed-up bus and rail lines looks great on paper. But of course, the devil is in the details — and the execution. The CTA just released much of the details this afternoon. See the accompanying post for details. How the CTA executes on the plan won’t... Read more »

News pickup: Free rides for seniors hits big pothole; new 95th St. CTA station

Here are some CTA news items from the last few days: Big hitch in free rides for seniors? Due to a state budget cut, starting July 1 there will be no way for the Regional Transportation Authority to certify seniors to get free rides, according to a Crain’s report by Greg Hinz. The State Legislature... Read more »

"After 100 years, it's time for facelift" - Mayor touts CTA north Red Line repairs

April 27: “After 100 years, it’s time for a facelift for these stations,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a press conference about the Red Line north station rehab project. (Photo by Patrick Barry)
(Guest post for CTA Tattler by Patrick Barry.) CTA leaders and a dozen elected officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Patrick Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, lined up behind the Red North Interim Station Improvements project on Friday in Rogers Park. The seven-station project will total $86 million  that CTA will spend on track... Read more »

News pickup: RTA chief wants CTA budget update

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... Read more »

Forbes article chronicles how Blagojevich "pillaged" the CTA

With our disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich now in federal prison, it’s instructive to review how he contributed to the CTA’s sad state of financial affairs. A recent column in Forbes reminds us of how Blagojevich demanded free transit rides for senior citizens before he would sign off on the sales tax increase to fund... Read more »

First CTA Starbucks to open this year at North/Clybourn station

Does anyone else remember the dank, drab, dreary “L” station that used to sit at North and Clybourn on the CTA’s Red Line? Well that’s in the past, as the gentrification is now complete with Friday’s announcement the CTA was granting its first-ever Starbucks lease for a space that’s not even 1,000 square feet at... Read more »

CTA asks for rider opinions on various new fare scenario/increases in survey

The CTA is gathering information via a rider survey about fare payment options it may have to put into place if ongoing negotiations with unions fail to fill the $80 million hole in this year’s budget. I received the survey last week. Below you see screen shots of various fare options on which the CTA... Read more »

Metra loses monthly pass advantage over CTA with fare hike

With the average Metra fare increasing about 30% effective Wednesday, the transit agency is losing its big advantage over the CTA in pricing on monthly passes. That’s particularly true at stations closer to downtown Chicago. Take Rogers Park, for instance. I can remember a number of my friends and neighbors saying they were switching to... Read more »

CTA news and notes: RTA says no to high-priced consultant

Here are few CTA news items from this past week: RTA passes on consultant to lobby for federal capital dollars. The RTA board Wednesday voted to reject a $1.7 million contract with consultants to lobby Congress for capital repair dollars for the CTA and Metra. Red-Purple Modernization update meeting set. The CTA has scheduled an... Read more »

City to build two new rail stations; one on Green Line, another on Loop L

In a burst of CTA construction activity, Mayor Emanuel Tuesday announced the construction of two new CTA rail station. One new station will serve McCormick Place at Cermak on the Green Line. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2013 on the $50-million, TIF-supported project, with completion set for July 2014. The platform will be... Read more »