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Chicago Misses Federal Funding Deadline for New Bus System

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Chicago Misses Federal Funding Deadline for New Bus System

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and CTA President Ron Huberman (Photo WBEZ/Mike Rhee)

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he’s still committed to a bus rapid transit system for the city. That’s even though Chicago missed the deadline to receive federal matching funds for the project.

The plan was to create bus-only lanes throughout the city to speed up public transit. But Chicago needed a $153-million grant from the federal government to start the project. Mayor Daley says that grant depended on some matching funds from the city’s sale of its parking meters.

DALEY: There was a two-month delay, not because of us, because of the markets and what happened to the federal government in regards to the economy. They appropriately said they could not do it, the next administration will deal with it. That’s all.

Doug Hecox is a spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration. He says Chicago asked for an extension to the deadline, but the agency felt uncomfortable granting it right before a new White House administration takes over.

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