Before moving to Uptown, I used to shun the Red Line train. I didn't like the crowded train cars or the "interesting" characters who rode the train with me. However as I'm realizing that I tend to have to learn things the hard way, I appreciate the redline, especially the Lawrence stop.
I can easily walk to the train and go about my daily business without breaking a true sweat, but word on the street (or the Redeye to be more precise) is that CTA might be shutting down my Red Line stop. In an effort to connect both the Red and Purple Lines at Wilson, CTA is considering the idea of shutting down 5 other stops. Allegedly, the stops include Thorndale, Lawrence & Jarvis on the Red Line and the Foster and South Boulevard stops on the Purple Line. C'mon CTA!
To make matters even worse, if this proposal goes through the Wilson station will be closed and stops will no longer be made between Sheridan and Argyle from 2012-2014. GREAT. I will be among many of my fellow Uptownians walking country miles to another "close" train station. This will definitely take a toll on Red Line riders who get off at Lawrence to attend events at the Aragon Entertainment Center. Nevertheless, there still is a gleam of hope and a way to end this potential madness.
According to Uptown Update, we can have our voices heard and let CTA know that this ideas is not cool by:
- Emailing the CTA: RPM@transitchicago.com
- Faxing the CTA: 312-681-4195
- Staying informed on the project: http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/
Hmph...Never get too comfortable Uptown residence.
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