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  1. The 2/27/2017 Local Advisory Committee has narrowed down some of the routing options: Restructure 711/715 to connect with 608 at Roselle (Schaumburg-DuPage link) Extend 318 to Stratford Square via North, Addison, Lake, Glen Ellyn, Army Trail Reroute 330 to Rosemont Blue Line instead of O'Hare ATS York Rd - 390 route York Rd - Rosemont route (w/ O'Hare cargo deviation) Touhy Ave route from Elk Grove Village to Park Ridge, Rosemont, and/or Cumberland (223 restructure) Irving Park Rd route, Rosemont to Hanover Park Elk Grove - NWTC - Hoffman Estates route (Busse - Biesterfield - 290 - Higgins) 390 corridor - York Rd - 90 - Rosemont (223 restructure) Schaumburg - Forest Park upgrades Busse Rd - Oak Brook express 95th - Rosemont via 294 Golf Rd - Schaumburg to Des Plaines The next steps in the study are to narrow down the recommendations, and produce the final plan, which supposedly should be soon.
  2. Some thoughts about reorganizing downtown service patterns: In the peak hour, there are currently 20 Red Line trains, and 10 Purple Line trains. Running both lines in the subway would mean that the CTA would need to be able to sustain 2 minute headways. I'm not sure how well CTA would be able to manage this - the busiest track of the loop sees about 28 trains in the peak hour, and the Brown/Purple manage 27 trains at the busiest, and the substations might need an upgrade. My personal preference would be to combine the Orange and Purple into one line, and run via the subway. The benefit would be a direct SW-N link as well as the possibility to run N Side express service all day. It would require a pretty significant increase in resources however, especially in the evening period where it may be less justified. Moving Orange and Purple (or to a lesser extent, Green south) to the subway could allow for a much less congested trip on the loop, and open slots for other service expansion. A big problem also comes up if Orange and Purple are moved to the subway. Brown line capacity cannot be added because of the shared track with the Green Line on Wabash and Lake. Some sort of supplementary Brown Line service on the inner loop would have to be added to balance the traffic on the inner and outer loops, which would be confusing for riders. Alternatively Harlem-bound Green Line trains would have to use Van Buren and Wells, which is also confusing for riders. If the SS Green Line was moved to the subway (and combined with Purple), perhaps the WS Green Line could run on the inner loop. Combined Green-Pink-Orange service would be about 24 trains at the peak hour, and the Brown line could run 27-28 trains at the peak hour on the outer loop. If 30 trains in the peak hour were possible, there could be service every 6 minutes on the express north of Belmont, and every 2-4 minutes on the locals. Between Belmont and Roosevelt, there would be a train every 2 minutes. 95th service would be every 2-4 minutes, while Ashland and Cottage Grove would have 12 minute frequencies for each branch. With the way that the infrastructure is set up, this could be a much more elegant solution.
  3. There is somewhat of a neighborhood between Rockwell and Wood, and stretching down to as far as Adams or Monroe that this station would serve. I believe that CHA is hoping to finish redevelopment of their lands there, and they are doing a renovation project on some of the existing (late 90s/early 00s) stock. This station would also allow for better access for westsiders to Malcolm X and a bus transfer to the Medical District. I imagine that much of the demand is expected to materialize by extending the development from the West Loop over to the UC area. I'm not sure how much demand for the United Center this station will pull. The Blue Line is just a slightly longer walk away.
  4. Looks like heavy construction is ready to begin at the Damen entrance. Jersey barriers were set up in the street and some equipment was on sight.
  5. There hasn't been any work done to the physical structure of the ramp at Paulina. I'm speculating that the wheelchair gates were put in at Paulina so that Damen can be closed for stationhouse remodeling and reconstructing the ramp (which I would imagine would have landings added and perhaps widened like at Halsted). Then once Damen is reconstructed, Paulina could be closed and have the stationhouse and ramp worked on. I wonder how the Ogden stationhouse plays into the construction schedule. CTA's website states that they want to be finished by "late 2017", but they also started about four months later than what was stated. The Intergovernmental Agreement (because this project is funded with TIF money) states that construction needs to be finished by the end of 2018.
  6. Yes, the rotogates were replaced with two wheelchair gates. A temporary agent booth opened as well, along with blue screening placed over the chain link fence on the ramp.
  7. Supposedly the EIS for IDOT's 290 rebuild will be out soon. CTA put up a new presentation as well, a quick summary: - Recommendation to open secondary entrances at Keeler (Pulaski Stn) and Lavergne (Cicero Stn). The diagram shows a headhouse that is closer to the main street (i.e. no ramp), and a long ramp up to the secondary entrances (maybe about 600-700 feet long). - The presentation also mentions an auxiliary entrance at all single entry stations including Western. Perhaps this will mean a relocation of the platform directly under the avenue? - $1.7 billion estimate, includes tracks, FP Yard, stations, and 6 substations. - Public hearing on 1/25 and 1/26 - Next steps: NEPA, Design, Construction IDOT's preferred alternative for 290 includes the extension to Mannheim Rd
  8. Just saw one of them on Clinton. Definitely said 54 Cicero to North. Weird.
  9. Megabus is supposedly moving the Midwest "Hub" (not clear from articles what this means) from Chicago to Cincinnati, and hiring 50 staff in Janesville, WI, and another 20 in "the Ohio operation based in Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati." The Tribune article mentions 100 Chicago staff being laid off, presumably the 70 new staff in Ohio and Wisconsin are the replacements.
  10. The BRT is planned to have 20 minute frequencies. Supposedly the GPTC Board will decide the final south end routing at the November meeting. It looks like they're aiming for a system re-numbering, and a launch of the BRT next summer. 3 2016.pdf
  11. That is because those pieces of infrastructure are heavily burdened with backlogged needs and unmanageable debts and are critical to the city functioning. They also have revenue streams that are politically more feasible to increase. Transit expansion is primarily funded by sales tax or state appropriations (besides federal funds) which are much more difficult to increase.
  12. You cannot transfer back. I used Wilson two nights ago, and the signage (at the street entrances) was modified to say Howard only or 95th/Loop only.
  13. Rode 124 today. It's on the fall schedule (every 22 min, vs 15 in summer) and no artics, meaning a very full trip. I watched a 40 foot pull into the station and there's plenty of room for the bus. I'd imagine a 60 footer could make it, and I don't think CTA would be foolish enough to build something that couldn't handle them.
  14. I was caught off guard by this yesterday, they only seemed to have notices at the stations that were skipped.
  15. Yes, but X3 and X4 buses existed alongside the Green Line. That's different than having no trains. If CTA wanted to cut train service then there is going to be a need for infrastructure like bus lanes so that people can get in and out of downtown in a reasonable time during rush hour.