CTA accelerates three-track work; now targets completion by Christmas
The CTA plans a nice Christmas gift for North Side El riders -- an early end to the three-tracking project -- six months early.
CTA President Ron Huberman announced Wednesday the CTA plans to invest an additional $1.6 million to accelerate the construction project, finishing it around Christmas. The extra cost will be offset by $1 million in projected ridership gains and $800,000 in operational savings.
"“Accelerating the construction schedule will cost $1.6 million that will come out of capital funds for the Brown Line project budget," said Huberman. "But it will reduce our operating costs since we are currently providing supplemental bus service and have additional staff deployed to the corridor to support three-track operation. Most importantly it will restore normal service for our customers sooner than expected.”
I give Huberman credit for finding ways to leverage funds to finish projects early that really affect travel times -- for instance, the slow zone projects.
Tattler tidbits: Huberman told us over coffee in March that he wanted to finish the three-tracking project by the end of the year, but he asked me not to report it at the time. I suspect he was still trying to figure out how to pay for it.