News pickup: CTA Red Line expansion study; new name for library L stop

Here are a few more CTA stories making news.

CTA gets funds to study Red Line expansion. Last week, the Chicago Transit Authority won  $285,000 in grants from the feds to do an environmental impact study on extending the Red Line south to 130th Street. Transport Politics covered the story well, and included this nifty map.

Chicago South Side transit map.jpg

Name change for Loop Library station. The CTA board voted Wednesday to change the name of the Library-State/Van Buren rail station to the Harold Washington
Library-State/Van Buren station.

Is Rodriguez's job safe under new mayor? I think so. I feel like the CTA president has done a good job holding things together in this tough economy. Greg Hinz also speculates on the subject at his blog.

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  • "Is Rodriguez's job safe under new mayor?" As I said before, that's the wrong question. The Tribune has a similar one about Huberman at CPS; that's also the wrong question.

    Now, I don't know if a blog is journalism, nor that the Tribune using it as as work for hire makes it so, but if the question is yes, my idea of the day is:

    Why not interview the candidates for governor and mayor about issues involving CTA, including the state not being able to bond the capital program to anywhere close to the promised extent, whether there would be matching funds for the Red Line, and how that candidate would undo the inertia caused by an ineffective RTA and a CTA Board and Executive Director not appointed to run the agencies according to the directions in Metropolitan Transit Authority Act?

    Let's not go cheerleading for the status quo. I personally don't care if fungible functionary Rodriguez is CTA President, or about Tracy Swartz seemingly pushing Terry Peterson for mayor (now apparently dropped).

  • In reply to jack:

    That's actually a great suggestion. Even a brief questionnaire on Chicago transit issues sent to each candidate would be really useful. That would give readers here (and elsewhere) who care about transit a clear way to see where the candidates stand.

    Obviously an interview would be better, so candidates can't just say they support transit expansion without discussing the pressing issues jack mentions above (funding, inter-agency cooperation, etc.), but a questionnaire would at least be a start.

  • In reply to jack:

    I only later looked at the linked article about the Red Line extension and was (somewhat happily) surprised that it also discusses the Gray Line, and the commenters suggested a similar solution for the Rock Island suburban line. I don't know if the environmental impact study will look into those alternatives. Without going into the merits of each, it does again illustrate the problem of the lack of interagency cooperation, which A.B. generally notes.

  • In reply to jack:

    I still think Harold Washington Library- State/ Van Buren is one of the dumbest CTA moves to date. It's pointless and will cost money to update signage and maps. They should've just called it Library.

    The station is so close to Lasalle that the announcement for the next stop will be done after the train arrives at Library.

    Oh and I agree with Jack, the next mayor should bring up how he (or she) plans to improve the system with the first step being to hire a competent person to run the agency.

  • In reply to jack:

    (On the Brown Line, imagining this:)
    "Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren is next. Doors open on the right at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren. Transfer to Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, (and Purple) Line trains at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren."

  • In reply to jack:

    (My full comment didn't show up.)

  • In reply to jack:

    Fun question: Will the extension be far enough to escape Cook County? If so, South Side smokers who don't drive can get way less expensive cigarettes with just an L ride and anyone with a convience store stands to make BIG bucks by selling cartons.

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