News roundup: Metra vs. CTA at Sox Park; CDOT seeks input for South Side transit study

In other news:


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Architect's rendering of new Metra station at 35th Street and the Dan Ryan on the Rock Island line.

Metra's Opening Day for Sox Park station. Metra this week opened its newest station at 35th Street, just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway and White Sox park. Since Metra and the CTA are supposed to play nicely in the same CTA, Metra's press release says:

 "The station isn't just for White Sox fans. It also gives another mass
transit alternative to students at the adjoining Illinois Institute of
Technology, as well as to local workers and neighborhood residents. And
it offers a convenient link to the nearby CTA Red and Green lines."

The Metra fare is the same as a CTA train; $2.25. We'll be watching the ridership reports to see how the new "35th Street / 'Lou' Jones / Bronzeville Station" affects boardings at the CTA's Sox/35th Red line station. Last year, station entries increased 7.6% over 2009 at Sox/35th, according to CTA reports.

As for station aesthetics, Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin is critical of Metra's cost-cutting measures. 

Public hearing April 13 on South Side transit study. CDOT is holding a public hearing from 4 to 8 pm next Wednesday in the Atrium of University Technology Park at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 3440 South Dearborn St. From the press release:

The City of Chicago Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Economic Development initiated the South Lakefront Corridor Transit Study
recently to identify and evaluate alternatives for improving public
transportation within 13 South Side communities, including Douglas,
Grand Boulevard, Oakland, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore,
South Chicago, Washington Park, Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, Greater
Grand Crossing, and Burnside.

This public meeting is the first of several meetings planned over the
course of the study. At this meeting, the project team will review early
findings on the travel market and existing conditions and seek comments
from the public on potential improvement options to be studied.

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  • To all of you CTA Tattler followers: Please attend this Meeting if you can, I will be there from 4 to 6 pm (there are two showings of the same presentation 4-6pm, and 6-8pm).

    You can provide your input to the Study, and tell me what a good job I'm doing - or what an Idiot I am (all comments are welcome).

    Hope to see you there: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/12456386/348792632/name/PT_South+Lakefront_FEB4+PAC_FINAL.pdf

  • In reply to mikep621:

    I will also be attending the Chicago Architecture Foundation Chicago Public Transit Debate on Tuesday April 12th at the Cactus Club (please attend if you can): http://caf.architecture.org/ChicagoDebates

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