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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is outlining his plans for a “New Chicago.” The infrastructure projects planned in his first term — including renovating 100 CTA stations, repaving half of the city’s 2,000 miles of streets and rebuilding so many parks that at least one will be within a 10-minute walk of every Chicagoan — are expected to cost $7.2 billion and will create 30,000 jobs. You can read more about the initiative here.
CTA’s 2011 ridership at 20-year high: A total of 531,960,253 rides were taken on CTA trains and buses in 2011, the highest number since 1991. The mass transit agency attributed the gains to higher gas prices and system improvements including updated rail stations and the launch of train tracker and LED signs announcing bus arrival times at certain shelters.