Monday, January 27, 2014

CTA Seeks Public Feedback On Wilson Station Overhaul

The CTA is having an informational meeting about the redesign of the Wilson Red Line station next month, in preparation for an environmental assessment report.  It'll be at Uplift High School, 900 West Wilson, at 6pm on Tuesday, February 18th.

They say they are looking for feedback from the community about the new station.  In our experience, the CTA never wants to hear feedback from its patrons (ridden the 144 or 145 buses lately?), so we suspect getting feedback is something they're required to do.  It still sounds like a good opportunity to find out the latest, and when construction will start.

Thanks to Tracy Swartz and RedEye for letting us know.

12 comments:

  1. I wonder if there'll be any new information that comes from this meeting.

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  2. How many people are REALLY inconvenienced by removal of the 144/145 buses? Those routes were extremely similar to the 146 route.

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    1. Ryan, from where I live, I used to take the 145 bus downtown. Now I need to take three buses. I consider myself very inconvenienced. Not all of us live along the 146 route.

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    2. Ryan, there has been a Wilson-Michigan direct bus since before 1920. Like "Tamale Chica," I live west of Broadway. The 146 is no substitute for a direct Wilson bus.

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  3. Ryan, anyone who lives between Irving Park Road and Foster Ave near Marine Drive was extremely inconvenienced by the demise of the 144. Having to sit through all the additional stops between Belmont and Irving Park adds an additional 15-20 minutes to one's commute. My time is precious, isn't yours?

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  4. Based on the fact that every time I took the 145 it was standing room only before it even got to Irving Park I would say that plenty of people were inconvenienced.

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  5. I am disabled. I can't climb the stairs to the Wilson, Lawrence, or Argyle Red Line platforms. I used to take the Wilson bus lines to get downtown. Then they stopped running them. Now I can drive all the way downtown, OR drive to Addison and park as close as I can to the L station there, OR drive to Foster and park on a residential street and get the bus there. So losing the Wilson buses has been a big inconvenience. Thanks, CTA.

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  6. Well there were a few people inconvenienced, and they'll likely be more vocal than the ones who don't, but that kind of stuff is expected to happen.

    People want these underutilized routes but aren't willing to pay more for them. You raise the CTA price a quarter and people become outraged.

    However, re: Boohoo I think it is a travesty that a public rail line does not have handicapped access. Correcting that grand oversight is much more efficient than keeping those old routes.

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  7. Anyone make it to this meeting? Wanted to go but couldn't....would love some updates!

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    1. No, since it hasn't happened yet! It's on Tuesday, February 18th, according to the post, so you still have time to put it in your calendar :)

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    2. Public Hearing – February 18, 2014 [http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?ArticleId=3264]

      In accordance with the provisions of Title 23, U.S. Code Section 128 and Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1500 to 1508, a public hearing will be held at the time and location below to present the EA and Section 4(f) document for the Project and to receive public comments:

      Wilson Transfer Station Project Public Hearing
      Tuesday, February 18, 2014
      6:00 to 8:30 P.M.
      Uplift Community High School
      900 W. Wilson
      Chicago, Illinois 60640

      This facility is accessible to people with disabilities. American Sign Language Interpreters will be available on site. Individuals with requests for interpreters in other languages, or individuals with disabilities who require other accommodations, should contact Jeff Wilson, Government & Community Relations Officer, at jwilson@transitchicago.com or 312-681-2712, TTY: 1-888-CTATTY1 (1-888-282-8891) or Relay, at least five business days prior to the public hearing or by Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

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