News updates: "Nicest" motorman; lower 2008 deficit; single RTA fare card?
Shocker: The Trib published a CTA story Tuesday, and it didn't appear in the RedEye! That's probably because it was too long, and too well-written to be effectively edited. But commenters here noted the piece about the Nicest Train Operator in Chicago, and our Google News feed picked it up. But if you didn't see it, it's worth a read.
I've writtenabout this motorman and others in the past. There are many great CTA workers out there.
Just Wellington to go.The Paulina Brown Line station opens today. That now means that 88 out 144 CTA rail stations are accessible. Wellington will be open by the end of summer, which would make it the final station to open after work was complete at 16 Brown Line stations during the $530 million rehab project.
A rarity: no weekend rail service changes. But there are a few buses being rerouted. And the No. 10 Museum of Science and Industry bus hours are extended for spring break. Details here.
CTA, RTA agree on lower 2008 deficit.Yes folks, there's been a meeting of the minds, or at least of the respective CTA and RTA accountants: The two transit service agencies now agree the 2008 deficit is $56.1 million -- almost $31 million lower than the original $87 million figure that CTA had first noted. A low interest loan may be used to pay down the deficit, reportsthe Chi-Town Daily News. The CTA will unveil a plan at next Wednesday's board about how it plans to deal with the projected $155 million 2009 deficit.
A step closer to single fare card. The RTA Thursday laid out a blueprint to get the CTA, Metra and Pace transit systems to a single, coordinated fare collection system. Read the Trib story for the encouraging news.