For more than a year now CTA contractors working to build a new power substation on the Red Line at Farwell and Glenwood have parked illegally on sidewalks and side streets near the construction site.
The neighbors finally have had enough and taken to EveryBlock to complain about workers’ cars blocking sidewalks and making it difficult for garbage trucks and school buses to traverse the narrow, snow-clogged streets of Farwell and Glenwood avenues.
On EveryBlock, Michael Pollard, a nearby Rogers Park resident, called the illegal parking a “double standard for CTA construction crew,” and said him and neighbors were “disturbed and upset by the fact the contractors working on the red line improvements are all parking illegally around the Morse Red line station. Glenwood, Farwell, etc. . . . There is plenty of parking at Howard garage, take the train ride a bike or pay to park like the rest of us.”
This post caught the attention of DNAinfo Chicago reporter Benjamin Woodward, who asked the CTA about it:
“The parking of vehicles on sidewalks is not allowed, and we’ll be working with them to find alternative parking,” said Lambrini Lukidis, a CTA spokeswoman.
Peter Scales, a CDOT spokesman, said the workers “will have to move their vehicles.”
On Friday morning, the day after the DNAinfo story was published, CTA Tattler found trucks still parked along the embankment, but not on the sidewalk.
A worker quoted by DNAinfo said he was allowed to park there under an agreement with the city.
“See this vest,” the worker said, pointing to a neon safety vest on his dashboard, “that shows I’m not just someone from the neighborhood trying to score a free parking spot.”
What’s your opinion? Should the workers be allowed to park illegally as long as they don’t keep other vehicles from getting by them?