The CTA hopes to have the LED signs in place at 150 of the busiest bus shelters by March. The work is being done under a contract the transit agency’s board approved in mid-May.
The signs should be up-and-running by September 2012 at the 400 shelters citywide that have the heaviest ridership, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference in Kenwood, near where the first informational sign was mounted on a bus shelter. The cost of the project is covered by $1.4 million of CTA funds, a $1.8 million Regional Transportation Authority grant and a $640,000 in federal transit money.
Those 400 shelters represent 20 percent of the bus shelters throughout Chicago, but accommodate 80 percent of the system’s bus ridership, CTA President Forrest Claypool said.
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