The three-mile-long length of track between the Jefferson Park and Harlem Avenue stations on the Blue Line is the longest uninterrupted stretch of track on the CTA's 224 miles of track.
But the Chicago Rapid Transit Coalition wants to change that. It is pushing for a station at Nagle and Bryn Mawr avenues on the Far Northwest Side, according to a DNAinfo.com report. The group wants the CTA and city to conduct a study on what impact the station would have on the area, including possible additional traffic and station usage.
A CTA spokesman told DNAinfo.org there currently are no plans or discussions to add such a stop to the Blue Line.
The community apparently missed the opportunity back in the 1980s to put a station at Nagle when the Blue Line was extended from Jefferson Park to O'Have Airport. "However, community opposition prompted by fears that the station would increase crime scuttled those plans," according to DNAinfo.com.
I think it's a great idea to add that station. But the community needs to get in line and expect a long wait before a new station opens. With reduced federal funding looming, it may even taken longer than usual - and may not happen at all.