Here are some short pieces on CTA news from the last week that happened while I was reporting other news. After all, this is not a 24-hour news shop I'm running here.
Circle Line engineering $$ OK'ed by Congress: The Chi-Town Daily News tells us that about $6 million to fund "some of the initial engineering" on the proposed Circle Line project was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the president last week. It's just another step closer for the Circle Line.
Cheaper to ride Metra than CTA? The Sun-Times Monday reported that in some case, taking the Metra is cheaper than the CTA. As pointed out, it's one of those "yes, but" stories. You're a slave to the limited schedule outside of rush hour, and you can't transfer to a CTA bus or El line without paying a CTA fare.
Wrong bet on fuel prices: The Sun-Times and others noted last week that the CTA hedged their entire fuel bill for the year at $3.80 a gallon for diesel, and bet wrong. Diesel now sells for about $2.30 a gallon. CTA Board Chairwoman Carole Brown said: "We can't bargain shop for something as critical as fuel costs. Sometimes the lack of uncertainty is worth a lot."
Get CTA news from Tattler feed: In case you hadn't noticed, we recently changed the CTA news feed in the center column from Yahoo to Google. The Yahoo feed often didn't work, and recently was broken. So far I'm happy with Google -- even if some of the news is not quite CTA related.