The voters have spoken, and they don’t think the CTA has justified the Belmont flyover project.
At least, that’s the opinion of 583 out of 807 voters who weighed in on a referendum question on the ballot in three Lakeview precincts on Tuesday, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report.
The referendum, while non-binding, signaled the animosity toward the Belmont flyover that CTA riders have who live in the the area where it would be built.
The flyover would entail taking the outer Track 4 (on the east side of the Belmont platform) and putting it on a track elevated high over the current structure to eliminate delays caused by the northbound Brown Line crossing over three other tracks around the Clark Junction.
For its part, the CTA is not too concerned about the feelings off some 583 voters:
“This referendum simply is not a meaningful representation of the thousands of riders we serve on the Red, Purple and Brown Lines every day,” the CTA stated.
“We believe if you were to ask the millions of [CTA] customers today and in the future if they would prefer faster, more reliable service that includes not being crammed into rail cars like sardines, their answer would be a resounding yes.”
Here’s a diagram of what the flyover would look like.
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