Group lobbies for a new CTA Blue Line station at Nagle

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.

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  • No. The south side is severely under served. Before one cent is spent on the Blue Line, the South Side branch of the Red Line should be extended. Orange Line too. Build the Circle Line- extended to Chinatown and the Gray Line while you're at it. NYC built hundreds of miles of actual subway 100 years ago. Chicago can barely repatriate underused (and inconvenient) railroad right-of-ways.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    No more line extensions until the entire current rail system is operating at 100%!
    If they can't keep what they already have, how on earth to you think they will be able to run many more miles of track?

  • The Red Line extension is already in the pipeline, so no worries about that. The Circle Line? Fat chance!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    "no worries about that"? When da Mare says no source of funding has been identified, and is putting his hopes on an unexplained PPP?

    But district299reader#56,925 should read the chicagobus.org thread on more proposed extensions where I and other members discuss the fantasy of rapid transit expansion, including this bogus proposal.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Somehow the preceding link didn't work, let's try again.

  • Good idea, but not before a staion is built at Madison and Paulina on the Douglas/Pink line.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    This one seems like a no-brainer, but maybe they are waiting for the development of the Eddie Curry training center and entertainment complex so as to have a source of TIF money. Sure.....

  • In reply to jack:

    That is along the lines of what I heard. Or maybe they can get the UC to chip in for some money for the stop to get the city to agree to the deal.

  • Interesting, but probably won't happen.

    As for transit plans, when I look a map, I always thought it would be interesting if they could extend the brown line to meet the blue. I've never heard it proposed and of course it would require a subway.

  • In reply to chris:

    You can look at the transit plans part of chicago-l.org, where there are references to an Ashland subway. Not sure if it is the one you conceive, but, like the rest of the projects I mentioned, deader than a door nail.

    Supposedly there were plans to extend the Brown and Yellow lines to Jefferson Park or Montrose, but, again, daid.

  • In reply to jack:

    I was thinking more along the lines of extending it past Kimball. The area is fairly dense and has bad traffic, particularly on Lawrence with all the stop signs and grocery stores.

  • In reply to chris:

    Now I'm not clear what you are suggesting. If it is the proposed but comatose Lawrence subway between Kimball and Jefferson Park, I noted that before, but I guess not explicitly.

  • In reply to chris:

    The original plans for the Skokie Valley route of the North Shore Line had as an option, the trains running north from Kimball/Lawrence to the current east/west part at Mulford St. in Skokie.
    CTA & C,NS & M chose what's now in use as the Swift from Howard.

  • Oh man. This is beyond stupid. The trip to the airport already takes 45 minutes on a good day, and plans for an O'Hare express service are moribund. The Blue Line is crush-loaded at rush hours. But hey, why not add more outlying riders in a low-density district and slow down service?

    The planning concept for these areas was to provide fewer stations to keep the transit rapid, and use buses to link neighborhoods to the stations. Harlem and Jefferson Park work this way. It's still a good planning concept. Unless Nagle-area residents want to accept upzoning and large apartment buildings to develop a walkable neighborhood around the new station, I'm inclined to say no. CTA planners should work with the neighborhood to increase bus service on the #68 and provide shelters. Far better use of money.

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