Tuesday, March 17, 2009

$6M Just a "Small Part" of Circle Line Budget

Last week we reported that $6 million was being earmarked for the Circle Line. As many suspected, this obviously wasn't for the actual creation of the new line. Yesterday, Chi-Town Daily news had a story confirming that this was just the first step. They also spoke with a couple CTA representatives:
Carole Brown, the CTA's chairwoman, says the $6 million included in the approved spending bill for the project "is but a small part of the capital budget for the Circle Line."

"The $6 million that were set aside for the Circle Line was to help with some of the alternative analysis that needed to be done, some of the initial engineering," Brown says. "Clearly if the Circle Line proceeds and is one of the new start projects, we'll need a full-funding grant agreement from the federal government to fund the construction costs."

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