Transit beat to get 50 full-time cops

City, CTA bumping up funding for train, bus patrols

By Kristen Mack, Tribune reporter July 28, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday touted a $10 million investment to hire 50 full-time police officers to patrol the rail and bus system.

But a closer look reveals a less significant outlay.

The CTA says it is already paying out $9.2 million a year to 60 officers to handle security on their off days. Under the new plan, the transit agency simply will add another $800,000 to what it’s already spending.