"The CTA is the backbone of the city, keeping our people and economy moving and growing," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Investing in our infrastructure is key to Chicago's continued growth and not only will this initiative ensure commuters have safe and reliable service for years to come, it spurs the creation of hundreds of jobs."
The combined bus and rail maintenance and repair facility modernization project will create more than 500 quality, good-paying jobs, including positions for skilled workers in the electrical, sheet metal, plumbing and pipefitting trades.
The majority of the investment, $130 million, will be used to upgrade the agency's seven bus maintenance and repair facilities, as well as equipment used for repairs. The remainder will go towards upgrades at rail maintenance and repair facilities.
Rehabilitation of repair facilities will begin in early-2013 and continue through 2015.
As part of the repairs, administrative offices, break rooms and restrooms at all facilities will also undergo repairs, deep cleaning and upgrades to provide an improved work environment for employees.