Park, many of them attending to protest one alternative that would close Jarvis
station on the Red Line.
There was a lot to comprehend and consider. The CTA did a great job of
displaying the alternatives and answering rider questions one-on-one. If
you haven't gone yet, I recommend attending the final session from 6 pm
til 8:30 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center in Evanston, 1655 Foster St.
I plan take a little time to sift through the alternatives, write posts
on each one, and explain which alternative I favor. So look for all that
In the meantime, I asked longtime Tattler reader Chris to share his thoughts on the alternatives.
Guest post by Chris:
The first two options really aren't good options at all with the firstst just being there for comparison. Basic Rehab with transfer stations
(page 14 of pdf) is a decent plan if money is tight since it adds the transfer stations,
upgrades the track and eliminates some curves for faster service.
However I don't think it is forward thinking enough.
Modernization 4-track (page 15 of pdf) is my favorite option, but is also the most
Modernization 4-track adds transfer stations, upgrades track, consolidates
stations, adds eight-car capacity to Purple Line, widened platforms, and
eliminates curves. I have concerns about which buildings would be
needed for right of way and the elimination of so many stops however. It
could dramatically change some neighborhoods.
Modernization 3-track(page 16 of pdf) is almost the same cost as the 4-track
plan, but essentially the only difference is the loss of the reverse
commute Purple Line. Because it would result in less options for
travelers at nearly the same cost, I don't like it.
Modernization 2-track (page 17 of pdf) is an interesting alternative. Prior to the
meeting I thought this was a horrible idea. Afterwards I like the idea
slightly more, but it would mean the end of the Purple Line as we know
it. Also, the estimated cost seems to be impossibly low to me. I just
don't see drilling that far while costing less than the 4-track option.
Given the potential for higher cost and the loss of purple line I don't
I really like the potential of eliminating so many curves, some
stations, adding transfer stations and trying to increase to eight cars
on the Purple Line. These things could really improve service for
riders. I'm concerned about the potential for demolition changing the
look of neighborhoods. Also, I don't believe in eliminating the Lawrence
stop due to the amount of concerts, restaurants, and nightlife directly
off that stop. I think eliminating Argyle or putting a platform between
Argyle and Lawrence would be a better idea with entrances at each
These are my thoughts on the project and I will be eager to see what happens next.