Blemishes pop up at new Brown Line stations; security firm wants job back
Chicago's two daily newspaper transportation columnists reported on two interesting subjects this week.
The Trib's Getting Around columnist, Jon Hilkevitch, focuses on "design issues, construction flaws and blemishes that customers are noticing as 12 of the 18 Brown Line stations are now completed."
"There are early signs of rust, due in part to cost-saving decisions to eliminate some stainless steel on platform railings, canopy decks and other locations and use galvanized steel, [the CTA] acknowledged. Splintering already is seen on some of the new wooden platforms. Rivets are corroding quickly at the Southport station because contractors used the wrong fasteners on some windbreak panels."
Hilkevitch reports that the shortcuts can be laid at the feet of CTA ex-President Frank Kruesi, who ordered changes after the project came in higher than estimates.
Over at the Sun-Times, Mary Wisniewski tells us that the CTA former security firm, Action K-9 Security, has busted the current security firm for not doing a full day's work.
"[Action CEO Timothy] Clancy claims he's talked to former Securitas employees who say the firm was charging the CTA for its travel time back and forth to CTA stations.
The CTA says Action's claims are "unsubstantiated."