Weekend news, Brown Line blues
It's mid-July. Summer is slipping by. The CTA is scheduled to be finished with the Brown Line rehab of Kedzie and Francisco by the end of August. (Look here for Zesmerelda's great Flickr set of photos of the Kedzie station rehab.)
But yesterday the CTA board had to cough up another $16 million for the Brown Line project, which overall is running 11% over budget, the Trib reports. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!
Here are some random notes for the weekend, starting with the usual CTA warnings to leave extra time because they'll be working on the Clark Junction.
- The Brown Line update; how to see Bon Jovi: Good news - CTA is providing extra service to Soldier Field for the Bon Jovi concert. Bad news -- two words: Clark Junction.
- Ride the Pink Line and check out these hot spots from the Trib:
- CTA puts undamaged CTA Blue Line cars back in service.
- Earlier this week I wrote about what the NTSB had to say about the 2001 CTA accidents. Scott Gordon from Beachwood Reporter dug deeper, finding other incidents that NTSB weighed in on: "These reports suggest that while the CTA has followed some of the NTSB's recommendations, it didn't make full use of NTSB findings - or, say, basic logic and intuition - to fix pervasive safety problems, like drivers' negligence." Check it out at Beachwood Reporter.
- A four-hour tour: The CTA's Trip Planner Web site takes Adam on a very long journey from Lawrence and Western to Fullerton and Western. Yikes!