Circle Line work, new and repaired rail cars included in state capital budget
About $1.5 billion in new state mass transit projects would fund preliminary engineering for the CTA's Circle Line and replace and modernize rail cars.
Those transit projects are part of the "Illinois Jobs Now" capital spending plan that Gov. Pat Quinn proposed Wednesday in his 2010 budget. The overall plan for highway, school, transit and other capital projects is priced at $26 billion, to be paid for with increased fees for driver's licenses, license plate stickers and vehicle titles. Statewide transit projects specifically would be funded by the increase title fees. See the budget document here.
This bold and forward-thinking plan would be the first big capital spending project since the Illinois First project ended in 2004.
That's if the Legislature passes it, which is no done deal by any means.
The CTA's own capital budget calls for just $300 million annually in state capital funding. Here's hoping the state comes through with that much. I haven't find those details. But I'll keep digging, so stay tuned.