CTA: Millions wasted on parts and supplies

February 20, 2012

The Chicago Transit Authority is looking to make some money off of unused spare parts. The agency is warehousing about $70 million dollars-worth of bus and train parts. About a third of those parts are now obsolete and 47 percent hasn't been touched in two years.

CTA President Forrest Claypool is looking for an auction broker to help sell those unused parts.

“Any monies that we receive from actually selling off inventory that actually can be salvaged we will be put right back into the system,” said Claypool.

Claypool blamed past CTA managers for buying millions of dollars of supplies that were never used. Claypool said the workers at the warehouse did the best they could but, “for many years they lacked the proper tools or sufficient direction, leadership and support from CTA leadership to make the best decisions.”

Claypool said large purchases will be more closely reviewed before orders are placed. Additional proposed changes include leveraging the city’s purchasing power when negotiating with CTA’s vendors.

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