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More answers: Red Line station work; rail line extension projects

Here are more answers to questions I didn't get a chance to ask at the last Coffee with Ron. And by the way, the permalinks to the comments where these questions first appeared are now broken since Typepad started paginating the comments. Grrrrrr. . . .

Regarding the next alternative analysis meetings, the web site says they'll be in "fall 2008." Anything more specific? (From CK.)

Open House presentations on the proposed Orange and Yellow Line Extension projects were held on August 19 and 26, respectively. CTA expects to host an Open House presentation on the proposed Red Line Extension before the end of the year. An Open House presentation on the proposed Circle Line is tentatively scheduled for early 2009. No definitive dates have been set. As soon as the dates are established, CTA will notify the public.

The Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stops have all been improved, but the signs said all work would be complete by April 2008. Work still continues, but when can we expect it to be complete? Argyle in particular seems badly damaged (although the new canopies are nice) with old rags stuffed in the hole in the wall near the entrance to presumably block further water damage. Also, will the Lawrence stop ever receive a new station or will it always remain a temporary chain link fence structure? (From Chris.)

The station improvement posters that were posted at the stations – that stated April 2008 completion date – have been removed from the stations. These posters were advising customers about the canopy improvements at these stations, which have been completed. The construction taking place at these stations now are projects that include work inside the station houses and additional work on the platform level. The agency expects to be finished with the work by later this fall.

What's the ETA on the auxiliary exit to Polk for the Harrison Red Line stop?
(From Kevin.)

The entrance is scheduled to open by the end of the year, featuring improved customer amenities such as a street-entry kiosk, brighter lighting, a new staircase and new signage.

I read there was a hearing to extend the Midway Orange Line to Ford City Mall, which was part of the line's original plan. I would appreciate any information you can relay from that hearing. (From Judee.)

The Orange Line public meeting held on August 19, 2008 was held as part of the Alternatives Analysis process to determine the preferred local alternative for the area. The presentation given at that meeting is posted on the CTA web site.

Feedback gained as a result of the meetings and other analysis will determine if the Orange Line extension is the best possible option. This phase is an early part of the development and funding process.

The Alternatives Analysis phase is just the first of a five step federal process that includes Environmental Impact Statement, Preliminary Engineering, Final Design and Construction. To apply for funding, the five steps of the News Starts process must be completed.  Completing the New Starts process to move to the funding phase is a multiyear endeavor.

Because of the process required to secure funding for projects of this magnitude, it is necessary to plan well in advance for future projects in order to apply for funding.

What about a station on the Paulina Connector at the United Center? Even if it was in use only for games and such, it's almost a no-brainer. I know that capital costs are way out of whack with the slow zone repairs and other expansion plans, but this station along with a 18th Street Green Line station seem very easy. (From JP.)

At this time, there are no capital funds for this project. However, the CTA constantly analyzes its service and looks for the most effective ways to serve communities.

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Here's a question - what in the heck is going on with the lights on the Damen/Milwaukee platform? Looks like they sent in some guys with a bunch of wire nuts and hot-wired compact fluorescent bulbs in series after removing the incandescent bulbs from the gooseneck fixtures. It looks awful - like one of my father's "temporarily permanent" electrical rigs in his basement. Is this some sort of cost-saving/environmental measure?

What does an Obama presidency mean for public transit in Chicago? Or the country, for that matter. Could some of these proposals, dare I say, actually be built now?

These Flacks are terrible.

"However, the CTA constantly analyzes its service and looks for the most effective ways to serve communities."

Versus your usual way in which you analyze new and creative ways to punish the community?

Just say there's no money for the project. Leave it at that. If the CTA is looking for money say so. Holy smokes, if my HS English teacher saw this garbage, his head would explode!

There are endless possibilities if the new administration and larger majority in Congress are truly dedicated to reducing energy consumption. More important is what could happen in the statehouse. I can't find it anywhere because the papers are too busy with the federal races, but last night on TV some talking head was discussing a potential supermajority, which could override the "Governor's" veto. The talking head also said something about John Cullerton possibly becoming Speaker. Cullerton seems to be very pro-transit, so this could be a good thing. I don't know if this new configuration would be able to get a capital bill passed in time for Illinois, and CTA, not to lose the federal money that's on the table and requires matching funds. We can dream.

I know Autumn is a synonym for Fall. And I know Autumn and August both start with a-u. But how does a meeting in Fall end up happening in August? I can't wait to see when the meetings in "early 2009" actually happen. Maybe we already missed them, too!

Can Bustracker for the 22 really be doing worse on the prediction accuracy testing than that?

Maybe CTA has found a way to manipulate spacetime, Rusty. Can urban MagLev be far behind?

Martha: "Maybe CTA has found a way to manipulate spacetime, Rusty. Can urban MagLev be far behind?"

It is always an option in the Alternatives Analyses, but usually thrown out.

BTW, I was about to post what LTM did. Just say you don't have the funding.

what we need is a group of people to go to one of these meetings and insist that urban-maglev is the "locally preferred alternative"

I'm thinking about creating a virtual Ron Huberman that when clicked spouts random phrases in answers to your questions including the favorites like:

"At this time, there are no capital funds for this project. However, the CTA constantly analyzes its service and looks for the most effective ways to serve communities."

"This is a project that has been discussed by the CTA if capital funds become available."

"We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced while communicating with CTA customer service representatives. The CTA strives to provide excellent customer service. CTA is committed to improving agency standards and customer feedback is key to that effort."


I'm also thinking about a CTA doublespeak to English translator as well:

"We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced while communicating with CTA customer service representatives. The CTA strives to provide excellent customer service. CTA is committed to improving agency standards and customer feedback is key to that effort." = "Get Bent"

"This is a project that has been discussed by the CTA if capital funds become available." = "Only if Hell freezes over"


"Not at this time. Large-scale projects, like extending a route, require a multi-year process and significant capital funding, including securing federal funds." ="Only if Hell freezes over or Daley gets indicted, so get bent and tell someone who actually gives a crap about your obviously petty concerns".

Cheers,

KevinB

I guess he needs to say the same thing as many times as it takes for you to sink in.

No capital funding = no major projects.

Seems simple enough to me. If you want line extensions and new services you are going to have to pry at least enough money out of Springfield to get the Federal cash.

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No capital funding = no major projects.
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No plans that require capital funding = no capital funding for you.

The initial plans need to come first. The folks who dole-out the capital funds do so only after a viable plan is put forth. If the CTA isn't planning anything, there will be no money available.

Seems simple enough to me: If there are no plans in the works, then no funding will be forthcomming.

Will the new Polk entrance to Harrison be Accessible?

The CTA has several projects it would like to do which have been widely known for quite a while.

Springfield hasn't coughed up a capital spending bill in quite some time and isn't looking to do it soon.

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