Where should we install a CTA subway slide?

Subway riders in the Dutch city of Utrecht have a swift alternative to get to the train platform – a slide. It’s called a “transfer accelerator” by the railway maintenance company ProRail, but I just call it fun.

Where should install the CTA’s first transfer accelerator?

Hat tip to Lee.


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  • Of course, Washington and State, Red Line. Players will need some diversion after losing their lunch money at the 108 N. State Casino.

    BTW, there wasn't any tease at the bottom of yesterday's post, like on Monday's, about "Part Three..." I guess we won't hear his views about building an L station at the corner of Hyde Park Blvd. and Greenwood.

    But, even though we know he won't give a responsive answer to any question, is that the end of the reports on the interview, Kevin?

  • In reply to jack:

    Hyde Park Blvd. and Greenwood ???

  • In reply to leobaz:

    Go back to the original post soliciting questions, including one on why there isn't an L station in Hyde Park.

    Also, note that there are three items of sarcasm in my post.

    Of course, you know who lives there?

  • Jack, there are more reports coming. I only got 30 minutes with Claypool, and tried to make the most of it.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Well, I'll be waiting for his answer to the date when he'll meet T.J. Ross and work out service overlaps.

    And probably still waiting....

    At least Ross has some experience in running transit systems.

  • You are dreaming if you think that something like this will ever be installed anywhere in the United States. For one thing, it would have to be twice as wide here. It would also have to be supervised. Someone at the top would have to be there to have people sign waivers and check to make sure the "transfer accelerator" is clear before allowing another person on. Another employee would have to be at the bottom to make sure that people to move out of the way. Even with the waivers, there is always the possibility that something unforeseen would happen and allow someone to sue.

  • In reply to eBob:

    Your legal points are well taken.

  • Clark n Lake elevated to subway, please. You can charge people for the fun aspect of it as well. Also, Logan Square Spaulding entrance- its an 8 car walk just to reach the 8th car... I'm sure the slide would be much better and enjoyable.

  • I vote for the Clinton stop on the blue line!. It's a steep, 1-person-wide escalator as it is; a slide would be more fun, for sure. ;)

  • In reply to cinco:

    The Green Line Lake segment (I think also including Clinton) has plenty of handicap access ramps in tubes, which I am sure could be converted...if there weren't an ADA issue.

  • I'm not a lawyer, but could you have an appropriate disclaimer, with an "I agree" button people have to punch to use the slide (turnstile, door opening, etc.)?

    Where? The Clark and Lake idea was a good one. Roosevelt would be fun, too.

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    Roosevelt and State from green/orange platform down into the red line subway platform... Might as well have the most fun right!

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