Forget about a new subway north of Addison. But station closings are still possible as part of the revised CTA's Red Purple Modernization plans.
Where once there were six alternatives, three of them have been eliminated, and a fourth one added basic on public input from meetings last year. The CTA this week held two open houses to release these new alternatives and get new rider input. (Ironically, the Tuesday meeting at the Broadway Armory was accessible from the Thorndale Red Line station, which is slated for closed under one of the alternatives under consideration.)
The original alternatives were:
- No Action
- Basic Rehabilitation
- Basic Rehabilitation with Transfer Stations
- Modernization 4-track (includes station consolidation)
- Modernization 3-track (includes station consolidation)
- Modernization 2-track Underground (includes station consolidation)
- No Action
- Basic Rehabilitation with Transfer Stations, now called “Basic Rehabilitation”
- Modernization 4-Track (includes station consolidation), now called “Modernization” and includes consolidated stations
- New! Modernization 4-Track without consolidation, called “Modernization without Consolidation”
Essentially, we're down to two alternatives to consider, after throwing out No Action and Basic Rehabilitation.