CTA sponsored a public hearing last week to take public comments on the proposed Belmont bypass. The bypass would be constructed to "fly over" the other three tracks. The Red and Purple could proceed north and south instead of stopping to wait for the northbound Brown Line train to pass over three tracks.
You can see the full presentation, and check out selected boards explaining the project in the gallery below.
We've heard plenty from bypass opponents - most of whom live near the Belmont station, many who will lose their homes - but not much from regular riders whose commute would be shortened by the bypass. The bypass also will provide more capacity, allowing:
- CTA to increase peak service on the Red Line by up to 30%.
- CTA to add up to 8 more trains per hour during rush hour on the Red Line alone.
- Additional capacity to accommodate up to 7,200 more passengers per hour.
We need to look to the future and support the bypass. And we also need to make sure it's nice to look at. I like this comment that my friend Eric made to the CTA:
The flyover and rebuilt "Clark Junction" will be around longer than anybody working on it. CTA should give the project the greatest possible visual interest; make it something people want to look at and even be around, not an eyesore people try to avoid. Let's open up the design process to architects and others who may bring some fresh, artistic artistic thinking.
I couldn't agree more.
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