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CTA Leaves Us In Stitches

By Scott Smith in News on Jul 21, 2006 3:19PM

We just read the funniest thing, you gotta hear this.

2006_07_joker.jpgSo you know the Brown Line reconstruction project, right? The one that was supposed to be completed without any station closures and was over-budget even before the first contractor took a coffee break? Yeah, that one. Well we just saw in the Sun-Times that CTA Board President Carole Brown said the CTA has a “huge credibility problem” because they can’t convince anyone that they’re capable of bringing the Brown Line reconstruction project in on-time and on-budget. Isn’t that hysterical? I mean, it’s funny because it’s true, you know?

But get this: the most recent delay occurred because the CTA didn’t get a permit for construction work on the Armitage, Chicago and Sedgwick stations. Wait, wait! It gets better! They didn’t get a permit because the contractor doing the work told them they didn’t need to! Isn’t that funny? That’s like what they say about the fox guarding the outhouse or something.

But wait, there’s more. The board just approved a contract for station work at the Damen, Addison, Montrose, and Irving Park stations that costs $15 million more than the estimates. Oh god, we have to stop. Our faces are starting to hurt.

This is totally just like the time that guy Brian was all “everyone thinks I’m such a drunk” when he had just spent the day sleeping until 4 p.m. because he was doing Jager shots at Tequila Roadhouse the night before. Brian’s hilarious. You should totally hang out with him sometime.

Anyway, Carole says she’s going to totally blame this one dude she works with named Frank if the thing gets really expensive and takes forever. I’d hate to be that guy right now.

At least nothing’s on fire though, you know?