Uptown resident James Cappleman raised an excellent point in regards to our decrepit Wilson El station. It's something that daily users of the station may have never even noticed. Why are the turnstiles and ticket machines on the SECOND FLOOR? There is a large open lobby on the first floor where the turnstiles and ticket machines could be better installed. How often have you seen folks sleeping or passed out in the lobby? Is that what you want visitors to Uptown seeing upon exiting the train? We encourage our readers to call the CTA and demand this.
James went on to say:
"All the L stops require people to go through a turnstile on the first floor, and that stops some of the problems commonly seen at the Wilson L. The design of the Wilson L actually promotes illegal behavior with the turnstile located in the middle of a stairwell for the main entrance, which is probably why it has an exceptionally high number of arrests at this stop. Last time I checked, there were more arrests at this one L stop than all L stops combined on the Northside for both the Red Line and Brown Lines....our Wilson L main entrance has become a warming center in the winter."
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