News roundup: Stimulus bill, pickpocket ring, big Bus Tracker expansion
Friday roundup of transit news:
Stimulus bill: Until both houses of Congress approve the stimulus bill, it's hard to say definitively what the final provisions are for mass transit -- or anything else, for that matter. But Talking Points Memo reports that "Mass Transit Gets More Transit Love."
But as far as I can tell from the "confidential" memo that TPM got hold of, "Supplemental Grants for Public Transit Investment" remained at the $8.4 billion level of the Senate version. And "Grants to states for investments in high speed and intercity passenger rail" were removed from the conference version -- though the previous total was "just" $250 million. Stay tuned next week for final totals. (Hat tip to Cheryl.)
Pickpockets ring: In comments yesterday, Paul gave us a detailed account of his eyewitness view of a pickpocket ring at work on the Red Line. Read it, and be careful out there. Also, be sure to call the cops with detailed descriptions if you see any crimes on the CTA.
Big Bus Tracker expansion. The CTA will add 24 routes to Bus Tracker on March 2 -- the most routes added at one time. Check details here. Many South Side routes are included. Almost 75% of CTA bus routes will be on Bus Tracker in March. Nice going.
Polk Station entrance open: I originally reported exclusively that the CTA was rehabbing the south Polk Street entrance of the Harrison Red Line stop to serve the population growth in the South Loop. Well, after about a month delay, the Polk entrance is open. As KevinB would say, enjoy and share.
Weekend service changes. Check here for weekend changes at Sedgwick, Sheridan, Howard, the Red Line subway tunnel, and some bus changes.
Have a good weekend. Maybe some of you get Monday off. More power to you. And fewer CTA crowds for those of us who have to work. And Happy Valentine's Day to all!