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People interested employment related 2013 Red Line South track renewal project line up outside Chicago State University for first three

People interested in employment related to the 2013 Red Line South track renewal project, line up outside of Chicago State University for the first of three job fairs. Monday, July 30, 2012. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: September 1, 2012 6:14AM



Four hundred part-time positions. 2,374 applicants.

That’s math the CTA will have to figure out as the agency hires shuttle-bus drivers for next year’s South Side Red Line reconstruction.

The line of applicants grew and grew on a winding outdoor path at Chicago State University on Monday morning at the first of three job fairs. Spokesman Brian Steele said 2,374 people showed up.

Beginning in May, the CTA will begin rebuilding the Red Line from Cermak Road to 95th Street — a 10-mile stretch of tracks originally built in 1969.

The new hires will drive shuttles that will travel up and down the Dan Ryan Expy. directly to the Green Line L from each of four Red Line stations: 95th, 87th, 79th and 69th. A local shuttle will run among those four stations for people who want to travel from, say 95th to 79th. They’ll also drive supplemental buses that will be used during the project.

But there wasn’t any on-site hiring at the fair. The agency is holding the three fairs to screen job seekers, not only to ensure they’re minimally qualified, but to give them additional information about the requirements to be a part-time bus driver. Staff also advised applicants who weren’t qualified — such as those who didn’t have a required Class “B” commercial driver’s license — on how to get one.

The CTA said it will hire a roughly even number of drivers each month until the end of the year, so those who missed Monday’s fair can apply online or attend one of the two remaining fairs.

The next fair will be on Aug. 28 at the National Teachers Academy near 22nd and State.



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