Over the years, there have been a number of suggested reroutes of L train traffic around the famous Loop. The Chicago Reader’s comprehensive story on “How to Fix the El” readily comes to mind.
Now comes another interesting concept from a “regular guy” – that is, he doesn’t call himself a transit expert. But his thoughts are worth consideration and review.
As CBS Chicago reports, the centerpiece of his plan is simple: “Allow the Orange Line and the Brown Line to merge together, and do a straight shot all the way from Kimball down to Midway,” said James Pauly.
More from that report:
The surviving line, which he would call the Brown Line, would run only on the Lake and Wabash legs of the Loop. By contrast, he would reroute the Green Line so that its trains would only use the Wells and Van Buren legs of the Loop.
Pauly also would re-route the Pink and Purple Lines, so each operates in opposite directions around the Loop during the morning and afternoon rush periods.
The Purple Line would run counter-clockwise in the morning and clockwise in the afternoon. The Pink Line would do the opposite.
Some of this stuff is not new. But putting it all together like this might work. Pauly spoke with a CTA official about this, but didn’t get any favorable response.
What do you think?
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