Red Line riders in Rogers Park will find more creature comforts this winter with the addition of heat shelters and benches at the Jarvis, Morse and Loyola Red Line stations.
Citizens voted earlier this year in the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process to fund the extra amenities. And Alderman Joe Moore has been working with the CTA to install them before winter hits. "People decided by their votes that these amenities were important to them," said Alderman Moore. "It's these little things that mean a lot."
From the CTA's perspective, "The
process worked very well and as a result community members are able to get the
specific improvements they want for all to benefit from on a daily basis. said CTA President Richard Rodriguez. " The CTA very much appreciates the funding support provided to enhance its
In the Participatory Budgeting project, 49th Ward citizens voted on how to spend about $1.3 million in so-called aldermanic "menu money."
This is a great way to get new CTA amenities without busting the CTA's budget. Other examples can be found at the Red Line Wilson station where a $3 million rehab is being funded through the Wilson Yard TIF.