Tag: capital spending

CTA, RTA team up to lobby feds for funds, while state cuts loom

With the CTA about to potentially feel a big budget hit in state funding, the transit agency and its parent Regional Transportation Authority teamed with Illinois reps and senators to call on Congress to provide consistent long-term funding for transit. From the release: [The April 9 news conference] focused on Move Ahead for Progress in... Read more »

Five-year ridership trend grows for RTA; capital funding biggest challenge

The RTA is reporting positive trends from 2009-2013 in most performance areas – except capital funding. That’s according to the recently released Regional Report Card. Here are some key takeaways:  Over the five-year period of 2009-2013, CTA rail ridership has grown by 13 percent. Despite a five-year trend of reduced service, the overall trend for... Read more »

News pickup: Orange Line robbers charged; CTA, unions unite on "Build Chicago" initiative

Two men suspected of armed robbery on an Orange Line train last week have been charged in the case after their surveillance photos were blasted across the Internet. Police charged Michael Taylor with four counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The other alleged robber was not named, but... Read more »

Thinking big on transit's future: Cook County funding?

Local politician and transit advocates were dreaming big last week at the launch of the Transit Future campaign. The transit advocates – the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Active Transportation Alliance – were joined by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane... Read more »

Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool

Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool
CTA President Forrest Claypool sat down with a few transit-oriented bloggers today for a wide-ranging conversation about ridership trends, slow zones and what Bus Rapid Transit will look like in Chicago. Since the various Red Line projects are in the news these days, we’ll start with that. Stand by for other topics in future posts.... Read more »

Red Line north improvements aim to extend life of CTA stations

Station bypass signs are ready for use at the Thorndale station during the CTA Red Line north improvements. On weekends, some rerouting will occur, so sometimes you'll have to exit at a different station and then double-back the other way to where you're trying to go. (CTA Tattler photo)
Many of the Red Line stations north of Wilson are truly in awful shape, and that doesn’t even include the horrible Wilson station stop. The CTA wants to replace them all under the Red and Purple Modernization Project. But that’s a dream right now at least 10-15 years down the road. That’s why the CTA... Read more »

Rahm, Claypool building CTA legacy: about $1 billion in capital improvements

May 30: “Crowdsourced” website covers $200 million in CTA station construction.  (CTA Tattler photo)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his CTA President Forrest Claypool have been at work for just over one year, but they are busy creating their CTA legacy – to the tune of almost $1 billion in capital improvement projects. Almost $200 million in various projects are currently under way, and another $800 million of work... Read more »

House failure to extend transportation bill threatens key CTA projects

If the U.S. House of Representatives fails to extend the federal transportation bill by Saturday, the CTA stands to lose millions in federal funding. Overall, the area’s transit systems could lose $1.2 million a day in federal gas tax revenue, the Tribune reports. Not surprisingly, the extension has been bottled up in the Republican-controlled House.... Read more »

Bipartisan group asks Republicans to reconsider "terrible" transportation bill

Amazingly, Democrats and Republicans are joining forces this week to oppose a terrible Republican transportation funding bills that seriously imperils federal money for CTA expansion and repair projects. U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski, a conservative Chicago Democrat, and Bob Dold, a North Shore Republican,got together today to urge the GOP to return to the 30-year-old funding... Read more »

CTA board OKs $57 million "facelift" on 7 north Red Line stations

The CTA board on Wednesday approved a $57.4 million contract for a “facelift” at seven stations on the north end of the Red Line within the next year. CTA Tattler reported this story exclusively last week, with one big change from the original request for proposals: Berwyn will get the upgrade, not Bryn Mawr. The... Read more »