It was no contest for the Crustiest train station, but a tough call for the most Rotten Route by the Redeye's Going Public blog.
Red Line riders from Uptown know the Wilson stop is just this side of awful. So naming Wilson the Criustiest station was a complete no-brainer for Redeye readers:
"The station reeks of urine, riders complained, and it's tough to
navigate for disabled riders. The poor conditions prompted one Uptown
rider, Lindsey Simon, 24, to haiku: "decades of decay / peeling paint,
crumbling marble / signs that no one cares."
Meanwhile the CTA responded to the "award" by saying:
In the past 18 months, the CTA has replaced
structural steel platform decking, main doors and door frames and
installed new platform canopies, among other improvements, which cost
more than $3 million. "President Rodriguez is in complete agreement that Wilson is in need of
extensive work. But while we are trying to identify funding to do all
that needs to be done, he agrees that basic maintenance needs to
improve," [the CTA's Noelle] Gaffney told "Going Public" in an e-mail."
Also, Going Public reports today that CTA President Richard Rodriguez wants more frequent station inspections and better coordination between cleaning crews.
The Rotten Route was a tougher choice though. But in the end, the #156 LaSalle came out on top. Or bottom, I suppose.
"This bus is like Russian roulette as far as I am concerned," Ebony
Daley, 27, of Old Town wrote to "Going Public." "This bus doesn't only
come in twos, it has come five at a time and four of those not even
stopping because they have no more room."
Other routes in contention were the "usual suspects": #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #72 North, and #81 Lawrence.
What did Redeye miss here? Any other stations or routes that could top these as the worst?