Before our second Coffee with Ron, I asked you to share questions you wanted me to ask Ron. And boy did you respond. I got more than 80 questions/comments for Ron. I asked many of them, and sent the rest to his staff for them to answer. Here's the first in a series answers to those questions.
In the deal with Image Exchange Inc., a New York company, the CTA will be paid royalties based on a percentage of sales, officials said. The royalties will be 10 percent the first year and 12 percent in subsequent years, officials said. "This is not a huge revenue source, but we are not overlooking any source of raising funds," said CTA President Ron Huberman.
When three-tracking is over, will the Purple Line return to being routed around the inner Loop? (From Paul.) Simple answer: Yes, said Huberman. The three-tracking will end before the end of this year.
Will the CTA please start using their Twitter account to announce system problem? Will the CTA please update their website and/or Twitter account QUICKLY when there is a customer alert? (From Bryan.) In this case, it's CTA Tattler and my brother Dan who stepped up and created the Twitter account -- ctatweet -- with help from Harper Reed. The CTA contributes alert information through our Upoc group, and we port that over to Twitter. So all you have to do is monitor the Twitter ctatweet feed or check the site.
"I recommend permanently shuttering the Wellington Brown Line stop." (From the Doc.) Won't happen. Ron said the stop will reopen as scheduled by Dec. 31, 2009.
More to come. . . .