U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced this week that the CTA will receive $30 million in federal funding for the purchase of an undisclosed number of 60-foot hybrid articulated buses. Durbin’s office says that the buses will replace “a like amount” of 40-foot buses.
Based on cost estimates for hybrid articulated buses, the funding is expected to net approximately 30 buses. With CTA’s 40-foot Nova LFS buses nearing end-of-life, the purchase could allow CTA to begin retirement of that series.
Also announced was $2 million in funding for a study on the Lakefront Corridor to “determine the feasibility and appropriate level of investment for high capacity transit connections.” CTA will also receive $6 million in funding for a rehab of the Wilson Red Line station.