Gapers Block last week published what it calls “An Immodest Proposal for the CTA.” It joins the Reader in putting out its ideas on improving mass transit. It mostly involves adding new rail lines and tweaking others.
The plan calls for creating three new L lines:
The Black Line or K train along Kedzie from Evergreen Park to Lincolnwood Town Center. It would connect with the:
- The Metra, at 79th and Kedzie.
- The existing Orange Line, at 49th Kedzie.
- The Blue Line, at the Eisenhower and again at Logan Square.
- The Brown Line, at Kedzie and Eastwood.
- The Green Line, at Kedzie and Lake.
- The Pink Line, at Kedzie and Cermak.
The Outer Loop or White Line. It would start at North/Clybourn on the Red Line track and run south the 47 Street, west to the Orange Line, and then head north along the Kedzie with the new Black Line. Then it would go back east at Western and the Blue Line and connect back from whence it came.
The Gold Line or South Shore Line would start at the Metra Millennium Station and make links with Hyde Park and the South Shore.
There also are tweaks to existing rail lines, such as the oft-mentioned combination of the Brown and Orange lines. And it has some ideas on buses as well.
Gapers Block says the plan would cost $6.3 billion.
Check it out. It’s worth the read.