Chicago's Bikes and Rail Infrastructure Get Federal Boost

About $20 million in all, the grants will go to improvements to the CTA and the city's first bikeshare program. This is just one of 46 projects nationwide getting funding this round from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"The $16 million in the federal Tiger III economic stimulus funds for the CTA will be spent to eliminate slow zones on Blue Line track between Damen Avenue and Logan Square, officials said.

The grant will not cover all of the project's $32 million cost, but the transit agency plans to use part of an operating budget surplus this year - totaling $46.4 million through October - to pay for the slow zone repairs, CTA President Forrest Claypool said.

'We'll scramble to try to find a way to leverage (the grant money) and actually complete the project in a timely way' in 2013, Claypool said."

Full Story: Emanuel, Quinn hope bicycles fill the missing link in mass transit

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105