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Tribune story on dead construction projects at state universities may have the explanation on why we don't see any South Campus and Metra is complaining about lack of capital funds. The bottom line is that Gov. Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now authorized a certain level of bonds, then not all the bonds could be sold because the taxes, such as on video gaming, did not generate enough revenue to cover them, and the authorizations have run their course. On the transit side, the state may have sold enough bonds to cover the Red Line South, 160 Metra cars and a couple of stations, and 91 Pace CNG buses, but nothing else.

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On 1/17/2017 at 8:42 AM, Busjack said:

There is a solicitation for Mid-Life Improvements for Heritage Division Garage. The obvious snark is is that since the garage was built in the 1920s (with an addition in 1985), are they going for another 90 years?

 

On 3/3/2017 at 3:18 PM, Busjack said:

And subsequently it disappeared. No longer on the Active/In Process list.

Strange... Pace is advertising "Release of  IFB Coming Soon", and 417960 Heritage Division Bus Garage Mid-Life Improvements is back on that.

417953 West Division Bus Garage Mid-Life Improvements is also listed.

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A new thing on the pacebus.com site is a page for Anticipated Procurement Opportunities. Of note in the current one is that the Heritage improvements have been "reduced in scope" to mainly mechanical upgrades, and the West ones include similar upgrades and remodeling, but nothing like at South.

There is also an entry for mid life improvements at South Holland, so it looks like the South Campus plan is dead.

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