NABI bus update; CTA wins international "most improved" award
Last month I got an update from the CTA on the NABl bus inspections, but didn't have a chance to post it.
A CTA spokesperson said engineering consultants who are experts in bus structures "have done an initial inspection and are now doing an analysis and evaluation based on modeling predictions of where and when issues could occur. They are preparing a report for us with their analysis and recommendations. Until we have that and make decisions on next steps, the NABI buses will remain out of service."
The good news is that the CTA has existing orders already under way for New Flyer hybrid articulated buses and regular 40-foot buses. "Every week more of those buses are delivered to us so we are able to get those buses into service and lessen the impact," said the spokesperson.
WBBM also covered this story recently this week.
CTA "most improved" transit agency. Congrats to our very own CTA for winning the coveted "Most Improved Metro" award March 31 at the second annual Metro Awards in London. The CTA press release notes that the awards "recognize the leaders, innovators, creative talents and pioneers in the global Metro Rail industry."
The CTA notes its achievements:
"CTA achieved a 4.1 percent increase in rail ridership in 2008 compared to 2007. For 2008, the rail system recorded a total of 198.2 million rides – an increase of 7.9 million rides over the previous year. The agency also significantly reduced slow zones in 2008.
"Safety improvements made last year were recognized, including upgrades to subway emergency exits. Upgrades included brighter lighting, high visibility signs, improved stairways and an instructional video to help prepare customers for evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.
"CTA's application also highlighted improvements made in customer communications."
I agree they've made lots of improvements. Just before Christmas I wrote about the Welcome gifts the CTA gave us this year.