So I was poking around the CTA website recently, looking for post ideas. I came across a huge Excel file with hundreds of public comments from the North Red and Purple Line Vision Study. Fascinating stuff. You can download it
I attended the first visioning session late last November. They really worked well.
Large presentation boards conveyed information about the history, status and challenges facing the two trains lines. Participants were encouraged to write down their ideas and comments. They were captured for posterity's sake in the above downloadable Excel file.
And the good news is the CTA plans to use the comments to inform plans for the so-called North Red and Purple Line Line Corridor, from Addison to Linden. Here's what a CTA spokesperson said about that:
"The comments were broken down into sub-topics (a, b, c, d, etc). Using this method a person with a very long comment that addressed several issues would be categorized as not just one comment from an individual but several comments.
"The purpose of receiving the comments was for CTA to hear from people and find out what they were concerned about or desired before the agency began developing any types of options for improving the stations.
"The comments were reviewed and are being taken into consideration as the CTA considers its options. Keep in mind there is not yet funding for these projects. CTA is examining ways to apply for federal funding for the projects and public comment will be an important component of the process."