Daley gets a glimmer of hope on BRT funding
Buried deep in a Sunday Tribune story about Daley's reaction to Blago's impeachment was the mayor's announcement that he had convinced U.S. transportation officials to hold over funds for a Bus Rapid Transit pilot program until the Obama administration takes office in just over a week.
As reported here Friday, the city missed a key deadline last month to keep the BRT pilot moving forward.
From the Trib story:
The mayor also repeated his insistence that the federal government needed to be more flexible after the city failed to make a deadline to apply for a $153 million transit grant to help ease traffic gridlock
Daley said he had spoken with U.S. transportation officials, who agreed to hold over the grant money until President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.
Daley said the city missed the deadline because it was forced to delay bidding for a 75-year parking meter lease deal to allow bidders to "get their financial situation in order."
"That delayed any proposal we had for the congestion fee," he said.
As I suggested in the Friday post, this story is not over yet, in spite of the wishes of many commenters here who wish that it were.