CTA Plans $205 Million in Facilities Upgrades

Late last month, the CTA announced it would spend $205 million upgrading its maintenance facilities.

The modernization project includes replacing bus wash racks and bus repair hoists that are so deteriorated that a bus recently fell off a lift, CTA president Forrest Claypool said at a news conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the CTA Kedzie Avenue garage.

The current state of disrepair “prevents our abilities to get buses on the street,” Claypool said. He promised “no more patchwork repairs.”

The facility upgrades will take place next year through 2015, Claypool said.

The project will create about 500 new jobs at the CTA, Emanuel said.

The CTA announced in June that it will buy 425 new buses and rebuild more than 1,000 older buses in the next two years in a nearly half-billion-dollar modernization investment.

The goal is to get a longer life out of its younger buses and retire the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles, officials said. Claypool said the agency will reduce maintenance costs by millions of dollar annually.

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