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                 NORTH RED AND PURPLE LINE VISION STUDY

                           PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED



                                       Comment/Question
Pick a few stations (Loyola, Wilson) and go for large-scale transit oriented development
including possible construction over the station on air rights to add density and help pay for
Done right at Wilson and with rehab of Argyle, this could provide option for closing Lawrence
Station -- only 2 blocks either way to a new stop.
Train speed and intervals are key -- a 21st Century System must be fast with frequent (2 - 5
minute) service all day
This is doubly important with Red Line south extension and purple end-to-end shouldn‘t take
90 minutes. annoying buzzer sound at Howard. This just started in early 2009 so we never
Please stop
needed it before. It is a horrible buzzer sound that signals something to happen. There has
to be another way besides the buzzer sound that puts riders into a horrible mood when they
Please add an east-side exit door on Sheridan Road at the Loyola Station
Please improve/install the signaling system at each station so that riders can know when a
train is coming and in which direction.
Review the systems in other countries (Japan, Singapore, etc). Pretty much every system in
the world is better than Chicago.
Keep all stations open & make handicapped accessible
promote shopping and low cost housing near El stations
Iron RR ties last longer, easier to maintain and can save on higher initial cost by reduced
maintenance cost. Greatly reduce slow zones on tracks.
Work with ComEd to use more wind/solar power to run CTA trains
Provide warm sheltered areas for riders (make sure the heat lights work). Provide more seats
Tell us when trains are coming; London & Washington DC does. Photovoltaic cells on
canopies. extending the Skokie Swift to Old Orchard, extend to just Golf Road via following
Instead of
route: UPRR ROW to gross Point Road (going to subway), to Skokie Boulevard, to the new
final station at the NW corner of Golf and Skokie Blvd.
Turn the trains around at 35th Street if there is a service imbalance.
At least have a fence with a windscreen or low screen walls as windbreaks. Have these on
platform with openings for where rail car doors open.
Provide a full canopy over the tracks / platform without support beams where people can
hide. Current obstructions make CTA need a lot of cameras on the platform
Do away with Purple Line express service north of Belmont. By doing this, can use space
currently used by purple line trains to widen platforms and make stations ADA accessible.
Save terracotta façade at Wilson station
Can the Wilson and Lawrence stations be merged?
Run alternate red line trains to Skokie and Linden?
Straighten curves at the following locations: Montrose, Sheridan (if technically feasible),
Diversey, and Pratt / Loyola (if technically feasible)
Speed restrictions use more energy due to stopping and starting trains and accelerating.
They are also uncomfortable to passengers.
Straighten the station at Loyola.
Purple Line between Noyse and South Boulevard -- straighten curves.
 Lengthen the Purple Line stations to accommodate 8 car trains and make ADA accessible.
Better weather protection at Howard
Ideally fully enclose stations with auto-opening doors on platforms (think O'Hare people
mover)
Use Metra to cover CTA service during construction -- coordinate staging around this.
Morse as a special/historic station to blend in with neighborhood
Metra for trips, CTA for local trips.
Revenue generating through station ads and consider local businesses.
Recycling focus -- separate recycling cans/bottles/paper. CTA to sell back recyclables.
Cameras in rail cars to prevent harassment. Consider language to describe that, "for your
Personalization of train stop announcements -- giving details about local events (digital voice)
Have a bike lane on Sheridan Road and/or bike lane parallel to EL tracks (rails to trails)
147 run to Howard -- has to walk now.
Keep bathrooms clean
Please consider putting camera at the Lunt / Morse entrance
Please consider a "loop" train that just go around the downtown area for a discounted price --
much like the monorail in Detroit.
Keep an eye on the 147 bus. Make sure they're on time and do not bunch.
In the future, I would like for the CTA trains to be safer, run smoother, and faster.
All the security booth personnel and police lights is a bit much from time to time. I know this
is necessary, it just feels too oppressive to me. Thank you.
Great that there are so many stops -- but really tedious to male every stop if you are going
downtown. More express train access between Howard & Belmont
Faster trains
Bigger roofs for weather shelter. More wind shelters.
In addition to announcing the next stop, visual electronic signs to announce approaching
stops (turn down the PA system)
Fix signals that cause delays
All stations need to be ADA accessible
Cleaner -- consider for materials used -- to build -- that they would be easier to clean
Better fast cars
Elevator at Jarvis
Better lighting
No urine at Jarvis
More turnstiles at Jarvis
Better transit-oriented development / more frequent service
Better Service/faster trains/more frequent service
Better coordination between Purple and Red
Cleaner stations
Electronic signage that says number of minutes until next train AND provides connecting bus
Quieter station announcements
Fix signals

The Loyola Station has got to be one of the busiest in the entire Red Line! Please do all that
you can to improve it, with Loyola University, Loyola Area Neighbors, PACT Block Club, and
Southern Rogers Park Neighbors. This station is our community's #1 priority.
If get all improvements in place, will improve accessibility and tourism -- adding to our status
as a world class city
Get boards up on the internet
Station renovations should include INTERIOR high-capacity bicycle parking areas. Interior
parking is much more favorable that outdoor racks and should be incorporated into station
redesign.

Need to improve tracks first. I live at Howard. New station has not benefited me at ALL. I
still go in the same door, up the same escalator, and stand on the same platforms. It still
takes over an hour to get to the loop. Do tracks first. Who cares about stations -- aren't in
them long enough.
Why does NB Red Line train always stop when leaving Loyola Station?
When will put in escalator at Morse?
Please keep the 40th Ward Aldermanic office on the contact list and provide any updates.
Safer & simple for younger kids to reduce after school traffic for activities.
Use light rail on arterials to go intercity to the west. Light rail spoke and wheel system.
Arterials = Devon, Belmont, Cicero, 79th, 47th, etc. We have a grid system -- take
advantage of it. Why should I go all the way downtown to take the EL to O'Hare?
yes, we need repairs -- much more important, however, is one of more new lines from the
lakefront to the west where the jobs are and the largest airport (O'Hare). We need a line
about Bryn Mawr to the west -- Oakbrook at least and one further south to the west suburbs.
Right now the only way you get there is to drive.
Keep the 147 express bus. I use it all the time.
Thorndale -- Purple Line stop.
Why doesn't the Red Line look like the Brown Line (i.e. stations upgraded, etc..)
Loyola would be for a Purple Line Stop.
Loyola Red Line needs rehab. Station leaks when it rains. Loyola is of particular interest.
The station needs major improvements. Lighting for students safety and major structural
Go back to the A & B stop system
Straighten the Sheridan Curve. Shorten trip times rather than reconstruct stations
Run the Red Line on alternating basis all the way to Linden.
Quiet bullet trains -- eliminate 3rd rail -- too dangerous.
Will bathrooms be provided in any of the visions so that people will not have to use the stairs
to do their business?
The viaduct at Greenleaf & Sherwin is in dire need of repairs.
Acquire more ROW to allow for more TOD. Eliminate or change more for parking within 1/4ile
of stations -- use extra money to pay for it.
Consider more express options
Safety at Morse -- police presence at the lent side
Large platforms
Not smell like urine
As a current Loyola student, I cannot begin to describe to you the importance of the CTA on
students. I, as well as many of my peers, currently use both the train and bus system
everyday to get to and from Water Tower for class. I have not and do not plan on ever
having a car while I am a student at Loyola, and thanks to the convenient location of the Red
Line and many bus routes, I do not need one. It is only once you misplace your u-pass or
when train is not running due to construction do you realize what an important asset it is,
especially to students. I take a lot of pride in my school and I want people to know what a
great institution we have. However, I am ashamed of the current condition of the Loyola
Station. Loyola Station is the first impression visitors have with our University and Rogers
Park, I am afraid it is not leaving a good one. With its dilapidated viaduct, leaking ceiling,
and over all esthetics it does not reflect the image that Loyola is trying to generate in the
neighborhood. I look forward to the renovations not only for myself but for my future and
current peers. -- faster time to downtown
System speed
Concentrate wall replace / sound transmission
Reduce bridge and viaduct lighting (state of art)
Scope embankment -- simple landscape to control weeds, tree growth and beautify the look
Use of stainless steel and galvanized steel
Reduce salt for winter -- find alternative
A&B stops for faster service to downtown
Higher security presence at platforms
Next generation rail cars to decrease the time it takes for trainman to open doors.
Full rebuild of viaducts and track for higher speed operation
preservation of steel viaduct at Pratt
Tighter intervals at rush and midday -- 2 to 3 minutes
express service option from north -- Morse or Loyola…true express -- 20 minutes to Loop
"Warm" station designs that reflect the are of Red Line. Modernization but respectful of
history. Could use wood, decorative canopies, etc… Stainless steel is good, but stark
design is not.
With track rebuilt, add sound deadening where possible.
CTA makes it difficult to rent its retail space with unfavorable lease terms and poor
maintenance. Poor real estate management hinders TOD around stations.
Would like to see bus tracker and rail tracker integrated into stations
Morse & Jarvis -- need to update -- clean, painted, accessible, etc…
Morse Avenue: Better utilize south Morse entrance. Maybe for elevators
Have more open houses like this. It's a great source of information and understanding in
What about going back to A&B trains. This would shorten ride times to and from the Loop.
More express trains -- not just rush hour. EG Local Howard to Wilson, then express into loop.
Why were the express tracks between Armitage and Chicago torn down?
Bury Red Line all the way to Howard -- eliminate construction and infrastructure
Howard development was manager suburban style - parking lot and crappy mall. Do urban
design like Bryn Mawr.
In neighborhood stops such as Wilson, Bryn Mawr, signs in other languages would assist
people being able to travel. If somebody is trying to figure out what is written it makes for a
slow down in people movement & it would be public friendly.
Look for an opportunity to have the Purple Line stop at one station in Edgewater, e.g.
Berwyn, which also allows connections by 92 but to Jefferson to Airport = Purple to Blue Line
I could get to Evanston and not have to wait in that cold Howard Station. The trip would be
faster; make it easier for me.
Make the new stations into activity hubs with transit, commerce, and multi-mode connections.
 The commercial space must be higher quality than what currently exists at stations.
Better connectivity between various CTA transit modes (bus and rail) @ stations and
services / amenities for non-CTA transport (pedestrian, bike and car).
Short term - please power wash all viaduct underpasses & white wash walls & surrounding
walls / aprons with white paint before adding homeland security funded lights
Keep alleys adjacent to entrance used as waiting access to El sites -- clean of weeds (catch
garbage help eliminate vermin)
Put garbage cans near viaducts (expanded for waiting access area)
Another express line stop around Bryn Mawr
Cosmetic repairs to stations while waiting for major repair
Create local jobs. Upscale coffee / fast foods
Sustainable / solar design. Solar / wind powered streetlights to recharge electric and hybrid
vehicles. Include sustainable streetscape with project. Sustainable street and pedestrian
lighting.
Easier access to public
Designed to integrate with regional (Metra) & bus lines. Better way to O'Hare
Plaza public space in front of stations
Clean, colorful cutting edge design
Comfort of passengers from cold, rain and heat is a must
Connect by bus the Bryn Mawr Station to Peterson Metra Station
Establish "Bus Barn" at one of local stations (solar refueling station). Bus turn around on
Repair viaducts
Alternative energy sources to run or back up trains
Establish Blog & web site
Low voc paints, LED lighting, recycled building materials
Why not run the Red Line an express from Wilson to Loyola. Run express through Lincoln
Park once in a while.
All stations should be made wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant
Please abolish free fares for seniors; return to discounted service. Free for poor -- use a
Reduce sound at turns in subway

Granville Station is one of the better stations because it has an escalator and an elevator.
Unfortunately, the block Granville between Broadway and Winthrop is a SLUM. I blame the
alderman Mary Anne Smith for her failure to maintain the area. BEGGARS, LOITERERS OF
QUESTIONABLE CHARACTER - UNCOLLECTED GARBAGE - POOR LIGHTING.


A "Campus Police Station" opened next to the "L" entrance a couple of years ago. I
expected good things - but nothing happened. When I walk by, there is very seldom anyone
in the office. Apparently, it is only a PIT STOP for police. I graduated from Loyola Academy
and University many years before. REPLACE MARY ANNE SMITH!!!

Bus turnaround at Foster / Sheridan. It would be good if there was a Bus Depot somewhere
in the area -- near an "L" station (Berwyn?) for all Sheridan Road Buses to change drivers.
Currently they "park" on Sheridan / Foster to wait for shift changes. What if there was a
larger depot (akin to Jefferson Park) for all buses that need to change shift drivers at Berwyn -
- northbound Sheridan buses from lake Shore Drive would continue down Foster & return to
Sheridan via Berwyn eastbound. Alternatively perhaps a bus turnaround at Sheridan &
Berwyn, north of the Dominick's food store.

I have 2 Chicago elevated maps, one dated May 1916 and the other dated January 1938. In
1916 the current Berwyn stop was called Edgewater beach and in 1938 the stop was also
called Edgewater Beach - no reference to Berwyn. Any rehab of Berwyn Station should
include a name change back to Edgewater beach. Maps available to view at
jackf66@aol.com
We must have relief from bus traffic and bus idling for rest stops at the Foster & Sheridan
intersection. The present situation which is dangerous for pedestrians and often impossible
for vehicles will only get worse as the trucks go in and out of the Dominick's Foster Avenue
loading dock.
It is very important that the El station renovations be fully ADA compliant.
Until the El lines are upgraded, the 147 bus will continue to be the major mode of
transportation for this area. The 147 bus are jam packed all evening and well into the night
(past 10 PM). We need more 147 buses running at night.
Lighting in the neighborhood at the Granville Stop should be improved.
At Howard, need an extra elevator at North end in bus area.
Shelter 147 bus stop -- missing a panel is missing wind gets in.
New buses artic hybrid "no heat" very cold inside / in summer A/C is too cold as well.
Figure out a way to help people get from Red Line to Metra at Rogers park or Ravenswood &
adjust fare structure.
What can we do about the slow zones at Belmont
What plans are there for ADA accessibility
Can we integrate multiple uses at each station. E.g. library branches, convenience stores,
health clinics, retail?
Elimination of center of road viaduct supports would be great! I witness weekly (or more)
issues at Berwyn where cars, buses veer into oncoming traffic, trying to avoid the center
support and threaten these heading to/from the station.
Do something about the young men that often congregate in front of El station, especially at
Thorndale. Get all of them.
The 147 is the fastest way to get from downtown to Sheridan & Foster. The train cannot
offer faster service. Improve service on the 147 route from early morning -- buses crowded
The new Belmont pm.
at 6 am and 10:30station is beautiful. I especially like its openness and Brilliance. Can / will
all or most stations move in that direction? There would be a same-ness to all of them & the
artwork could be different for each neighborhood. Thorndale especially needs to be a
brighter station -- hopefully less of a "hangout" for people.
Extra entrance / exit at Glenlake, Thorndale or Granville Stations
Full cut off lighting
Selected historic preservation -- Thorndale
Focus on TOD -- commercial infill
East-west connections to Metra
Bicycle rental stations or I-GO Zip cars -- intermodal
How many minutes to next train? Annunciators - bus connection information displays.
Need to finish some renovations to stations like CDC within a shorter time, 10 years is too
long before work should be finished / done
Bus turnarounds on Sheridan at Foster & Comfort Station
Metra Stop at Rosehill first so we can have alternate transport.
Extend Thorndale Station to include Purple Line
Beautify stations
Direct route to O'Hare
ADA complaint -- ALL STATIONS
Sustainable
Repair commercial areas
Keep 147 - 136 running day & night Sundays - No seats southbound when you pass
Granville. Purple Line Stop.
Give us a
Please consider bathrooms
By L - Thorndale - elevator better lighting, panic button, better security, no blind spots
Bus turnaround at Sheridan/ Foster next to Dominick's. For bus drivers - rest / bathroom /
change bus for bus to idle - need area for bus to be there. Don't want a bus turnaround
Broadway / Berwyn if on 147.
Keep frequency 147, 136, 151. Many riders need bus all the time -- weekends, evenings,
At presentation -- slide to see what we have - need pictures of what could be - give an idea
of what can look like - the difference with improvements - nice to see what can be.
Wilson Stop is not of high importance; Montrose location is better location for a station
Increase street lighting at Thorndale
Foster needs a Station -- replace Berwyn buses not have to reroute as many buses
Look to replicate the planning charities that Edgewater Development Corp. conducted -- only
for other stations
Seek to develop integrated transit hubs -- bus & trains -- Howard, Jefferson Park are good
Have bus shift changes and idling time be at train stops, not mid-route. Sheridan & Foster,
Clark & Foster - these only serve the convenience of the drivers and not the riders.
Maintenance of stations and shops is critical On-going capital funds for maintenance is
Integration of EL train, bus & Metra is also critical - planning should incorporate all transit
modes -- intermodal - think strategically! Transit of all types are a community asset.
Do not consider eliminating stations
Current ridership numbers at EL stations maybe suppressed or naturally low because of the
poor conditions & unsafe environment surrounding stations. These numbers will increase if
people feel safe.
Add a Purple Line station in Edgewater -- Granville (or Loyola, Thorndale, Berwyn, or Bryn
Mawr). please, please use the information gathering from the charettes conducted a couple
Please,
years ago at Loyola University. The idea of having businesses around the El stops is such a
no-brainer its laughable.
Any plans to give us North Siders a way to O'Hare? Perhaps an express bus from Berwyn /
Bryn Mawr to Jefferson Park or further. For now, we rely on local buses down Foster Avenue
(slow traffic) or travel downtown and change to the Blue Line.

If there was some bus depot for transfers, it could reduce bus traffic and allow the rail service
to excel.
Granville Station looks better than a couple of years ago. As far I can remember the
Thorndale station needed a lot of work. The biggest problem was leaking on the platform.
There was some work done on the Berwyn Station. The street level doesn‘t leak anymore but
the platform still have some work. That station needs to be completely renovated or rebuilt.

Make visible improvements in increments (starting with affordable ones) so that residents
perceive real progress instead of promises with no action. This will go a long wait towards
more positive PR.
Improve access for seniors (and related security issues such as lighting) in the Edgewater
Station where disabled people and seniors / nursing homes are concentrated.
Attack solid tenants to empty stores (i.e. convenience shopping / dining for commuters)
Safer at stations, loitering and panhandling
attract retail uses
Improve conditions of station structure -- see Brown line
ADA accessible
Limit express trains
Yes the infrastructures issues on the North Red/Purple lines do need attention, However, all
the infrastructure in the world cannot compensate for lack of good, convenient, frequent
service. Purple line express should operate Monday through Friday, Am through PM rush
hours (similar to x49 bus) This would allow southbound customers to conveniently access
Consideration should be given to operating certain Purple Line express trains all the through
to the Midway Terminal (via loop trackage, e.g. merchandise mart, Lake, Wabash,
Roosevelt, Orange Line, Midway). Many, many Midway terminal customers need better
access to near north / far north destinations without changing trains at State/Roosevelt.
Insertion of Purple Line stations (Wilson, Bryn Mawr)
Straighten Sheridan station curve. Don't make any improvements at Sheridan that don't
include eliminating the curve
Enclose platforms -- please. At least 100% overhang but even better, real enclosed stations
Full bus/rail terminal with turnarounds
Integrate rail & commerce. Utilize land and track space and have transit flow through retail
Create a real vision for the future. Belmont & Fullerton are beautiful and clean and right out
of 1960. Do we really see that as a vision for 2020?
Come up with a vision for finalizing boards taxes, photos that says 2020.
Add Metra stops near Rosehill Cemetery prior to any construction on the Red Line so that we
have alternatives to mass transit

The use of commercial space by Loyola for a public safety outpost should serve as a
template for these underused commercial spaces. There should be serious consideration to
removing the existing metal trash cans on the platforms as they pose a serious risk for
terrorist activity -- it would not be hard to drop an IED or pipe bomb into these receptacles.
Bus turnaround at Sheridan and Foster
TIF's along the EL tracks should be used for capitol funding -- partnership if the state allows
the CTA to divert capital funding for operation expenses.
Argyle Station is the heart of Asian community. This area is now developing. Whatever
project for Argyle Station should reflect the Asian culture including Thai, Chinese,
Vietnamese, Cambodian, etc… The Argyle Station is now in very bad condition. Bad image
Please keep the 147 bus 7 days a week, evening hours, etc. Since Sunday hours, late
evening hours, I never drive downtown anymore. The buses 10 am or 10 is the evening are
crowded. Most of the time I take the bus it is standing-room only -- these are the long buses.
I live west of Clark on Granville & frequently use Granville Redline. At Granville, safety and
lighting is a huge concern. Increase lighting from station west to Ravenswood. Possible
netting to prevent pigeons.
Possible faster access to O'Hare? Express from Loyola to O'Hare?
Circular neighborhood shuttle: Loyola - Broadway - Foster - Clark - Devon - Loyola would
benefit students, residents, businesses (now that nobody wants to pay to park).
At Granville Station, ASAP improve lighting, clean up pigeons / netting under viaduct, repair
crumbling infrastructure, possible (central) bus from red line in Edgewater to O'Hare (Loyola
Circular shuttle from Loyola through Edgewater, Devon, Clark to Foster to Broadway up to
Loyola again (Devon) to support local businesses.
Elevators are not only necessary for older adults and people with disabilities, but elevators in
good, clean condition are necessary for people with strollers and grocery carts. Elevators
would help beef up ridership. Perhaps the elevators should be placed within the view of the
information kiosks so that CTA personnel can monitor the elevators for people using them
Bus drivers should not change at Foster and Clark #22 due to the narrow right-of-way and
extreme traffic congestion.
Since several bus routes terminate at Berwyn and Broadway, a bus turnaround should be
constructed in the mini-mall. The traffic congestion on Berwyn with several bendable buses
lined up together often makes entrance into Jewel Food Store nearly impossible. Many
times because of the congestion -- one bendable bus may be on Berwyn & Broadway at the
I think that the Purple Line Express should operate to/from downtown during all hours of
service. I also think that track work should be done between Linden and Addison Station so
that trains could go to 70 mph. Another suggestion is the roadway columns need to be
Follow USCS recommendations for Energy efficiency -- make environmental sustainable
Commercial oriented development with shopping clusters
Circular bus routes to bring more residents to the red line and to shopping
Add bicycle racks and make the areas more open
Rebuild and redesign the stations and structures. Examples of good stations - Merchandise
Mart & Lake Street
Public restrooms
Use historic design motifs in a modernized station
Build with a thought to the future so it will survive.
Consider adding green landscaping to the design.
Center platforms with good lighting.
Add solar where practical for emergency light and help signals plus LED signs
announcements
Cameras at stations should be state of art.
The Thorndale Station has some art deco elements. It would be nice if they were retained or
replicated. I'd like to address is the ending of the A and B lines on a train run. Having A and
One issue
B lines would make the ride home from downtown shorter and possibly encourage greater
ridership. When I need to go to an area in the Loop serviced by the "Red Line" I often prefer
to arrange a ride to avoid the long ride.

I feel that making the stations more accessible is a great idea. Be sure to remember the Deaf
and hard of hearing in your plans. More deaf people are using Wifi enabled devices to make
phone calls to friends and family so offering free Wifi would meet a security concern for the
hearing impaired as well as serve as a nice perk for your other riders.

Please continue to run express trains on the Red Line
I would love better shopping / retail around the Berwyn Stop
I am willing to pay more for service
Discounts should be based on income, not age
Open to A/B Stops
Why keep a station open if less than 1000 riders use it
Would be open to fewer stop - don't think Lawrence & Wilson Stops are both necessary.
Love shopping and decoration around Bryn Mawr -- want to see more similar development at
other stations. at Foster Avenue (to get the buses off of Sheridan Road
Bus turn around
Better retail at stations
Public safety is always a community concern
Repair viaducts at Glenlake, Thorndale viaduct needs repair besides point. Granville station
is better than other two.
I love the sidewalk signage marking each of the stops in Edgewater
Thorndale Station still has water dripping on patrons waiting on the platform.
The station operator at Thorndale (mornings) is always very pleasant, personable. She is
aware of groups that hang out in front and she addresses that immediately.
Are the camera surveillance providing the information / data desired?
The best way to fill vacant stores at the train station is to reroute / direct the buses to each
train station. When Sheridan Road was being worked on Thorndale and Granville benefited
from the increased traffic. When the suburban 210 route was changed to end at Bryn Mawr,
traffic helped improve the neighborhood.
Short term fixes - I hope these will be more than ineffective temporary fixes. My concerns are
what materials will be used and why. How durable will they be.
Develop a park and ride facility for Berwyn Station by coordinating structure immediately
west of tracks at Foster; create new entrance for Foster.
A lot of CTA card vending machines do not accept credit cards. That would be more cost
effective to accept credit cards
More storage areas at CTA stations for bicycles
More cameras at stations both inside and outside stations. Sometimes outside of Thorndale
Stations it gets unsafe at night
Use of alternative energy for rail & buses such as solar panels on top of rail cars, buses, and
platforms. communications
Better bus
Better transit-oriented development (relevant retail)
environmentally friendly stations (LED lighting or solar panels)
innovative (Wifi bus tracker monitors)
Safety (CPD security)
Why are so many CTA employees just standing around in the stations -- apparently doing
nothing? Sometimes 2 or 3 employees just standing around chatting. Problem is particularly
severe at UIC Blue Line station in AM. One woman is always standing there eating potato
chips! I cannot take seriously the supposed deficit at the CTA if there is so much waste
spent on employees doing nothing.

Also, my son spent a summer interning at the CTA office where they process / count the
money It was a joke - most of the employees did nothing for most of the day, except read a
newspaper or Playboy magazine. Don't increase me fare with such waste apparent.

Bunched up buses drive me nuts
I feel the city does not have a serious commitment to public transportation. There should be
a fee for cars to drive into the loop. and the proceeds go to public transportation. With
environmental issues and global warming, public transportation should be a priority.
Homeless people with awful aromas and many possessions cluttering up seats are a
problem -- not sure what to do about but something to think about.
A friend of mine was arrested on the Red Line for eating a PEACH. For goodness sake!
There were three undercover cops making this big collar. They also arrested another woman
for drinking coffee. The cops made both of them get off the train - one of the officers even
showed my friend his gun! in a threatening manner. Now I realize that you are not to eat or
drink on the EL but what an over-reaction! And what a waste of money to spend on those
officers' salaries instead of what the CTA really needs.
However, all of my gripes aside, I LOVE the CTA (and all other forms of public
transportation). Keep the trains rolling.
I am Thomas Murphy, a 29 year (long-time) resident of Edgewater and the chair of the
Edgewater Sustainability Project of the Edgewater Community Council. Our mission is to
promote those activities that will enable Edgewater to thrive during times when the economy
and the climate are changing and limitations on fossil fuel use may occur. We see that a
viable and affordable mass transportation system that serves the needs of the community is
essential if we are to thrive and meet the challenges of the future. We support: 1. That
mass transportation becomes the first choice of Edgewater residents to get to work, to shop,
and get around the neighborhood. 2. Working with the Chambers and Development
Corporations to provide locate needed shopping and local services in the Berwyn El stop
vicinity to make our community more functional and efficient, and to create positive traffic to
improve the community. 3. This commercial TOD and we suggest that a cluster of
government offices - post office social security, city services, etc., also be located in the
vicinity. 4. Additional TOD at the Thorndale stop. 5. Keeping the original design of either the
We think that it is important: 1. to make the stations safe for use in all weather and functional
to attract riders. 2. To rebuild or redesign the viaducts. 3. To have unmanned exits at the end
of platforms as well as at the stations, where useful and possible. 4. To have a circulator bus
to facilitate the use of the system and its associated facilities by residents from the western
part of Edgewater. 5. To use the larger surface area of the station structure for solar
photovoltaic arrays. 6. To follow USGBG recommendations for energy and environmentally
efficient design and constructions. 6. TO find a way to make public restroom facilities
available at the stations. 7. To build it with sufficient flexibility to accommodate the future
needs and with materials and craftsmanship to have it survive for the next 100 - 200 years.
and 8. To make the stations safe to use in all weather, unlike the ice skating rink, AKA new
Fullerton Station.
Our group focuses on making the community more sustainable, that it will be able to move
into the future with decreased energy and resources needs, and demands on the
environment. The Granville EL station was built the year after I arrived. We understand that it
is on a list to be replaced - after only 28 years. Is this planned obsolete or just poor
planning? I have read that the upgrades to the Brown Line stations were done in such a
fashion that maintenance costs will quickly grow, sapping needed resources from the system.
 We don't expect that for the Red Line upgrades, but let's build it with sufficient flexibility to
accommodate future needs and with materials and craftsmanship to have it survive for the
next 100 - 200 years.
Thorndale Stop - Rename "Thorndale by the Lake" to promote its lakefront / beach access
and promote Edgewater heritage as a "resort community"
Would like to see infrastructure take priority over rebuilding new stations
Do what you can, however, to make existing stations dry and safe for CTA riders through
interim improvements.
Cameras are needed at all CTA stations on trains ASAP
CTA needs to apply pressure on 23rd District police to deter gangs at the Wilson EL stations.
 At least once a month there is a huge gang brawl taking place in the station or on the
platform. There needs to be more security at Wilson
Wilson and Lawrence stops should receive the same construction considerations as Brown
to Red improvements at Addison, Belmont, and Fullerton
Wilson station attracts vagrants and has always been/seem/felt dangerous.
The Wilson station has very high ridership (a community college, theater district, and soon to
be Wilson-yard complex) and should be first in design and redevelopment focus.
The vacant commercial strips should be better monitored due to graffiti and loitering.
Note: the lighting is wonderful. I've been waiting 30 years it seems. I will not be around to
enjoy the improvements to come.
Widen platforms (Sheridan, Lawrence, Thorndale, Argyle, Berwyn, etc) where stairway
cutouts occur -- there is enough room to allow two people to pass each other on the platform.
Add elevators at all stations
Add signals at the street level regarding the estimated arrival of trains as well as on the
platforms which do not currently have such information.
Add machines that allow for the purchase of 1-day and 7-day passes (at least) at stations
Involve community residents, including youth, in the decoration of stations (e.g. painting,
sculpture, signage, etc…) to make them community-specific.
Make infrastructure more attractive (e.g. painting concrete embankments and underpasses).
See underpasses of LSD at Foster, Bryn Mawr). Again, youth can help us with this.
use natural light as much as possible and prioritize low-impact construction and materials, as
well as minimizing destruction of existing infrastructure, where possible.
RFP biddings to bring quality stores and empty businesses which can be dangerous to the
community. They become eyesores and can lead to criminal activity.
Red Line stops (Sheridan, Wilson & Lawrence) should be improved on the same level as the
Brown Line and Addison Stop. Wilson Stop is considered the most dangerous and crime is
up so safety issues should be considered.
Argyle - gateway to Asian businesses center therefore its important that this station stays
open. Don't close the station.
When rehabilitating the station, incorporate Asian architecture i.e. similar to the gateway at
Include elevators and escalators
Station improvements will provide a safe and friendlier place to visit.
Combine Wilson and Lawrence into one stop that is above Broadway, bus still use both of
the current stations. Perhaps have Purple Line stop for express access to jobs in Evanston
as well as more options to go south.
Do not close Argyle station
Replace (?) concrete that is old and deteriorating
Add bicycle route to Argyle Station
Did the CTA consider a new station at Montrose?
Want to ensure that Argyle retain its unique visual elements ' "pagoda style" roof.
Windbreaks and roofs or canopies should be plentiful
Great outreach event at Truman College. This should be a part of the CTA's standard
procedures. The staff on hand was warm, accommodating, informative, and responsive to all
my questions. Thanks.
I would like to see the CTA address the historical aspects of the Red Line in future
renovation projects. Specifically, the rehabilitation of architecturally significant stations ought
to be considered.

Environmentally friendly aspects of design, construction etc should be considered, too. Is
there a better way to provide heat other than the energy-intensive booths now used?

Please make available the cost studies comparing ad hoc repairs to the systematic program
of renovation. As a rider I want to know and understand that the deteriorated bridge /
overpass at Argyle is safe and that it is not being overlooked.
Do this style of visioning / outreach again at following steps in the process. It is informative
and puts a face on the CTA
Please keep all stations open, in particular the Argyle Station supports a unique community
from Southeast Asia
Quieter trains on rails
No leaks in buildings
No concrete falling
Nothing fancy -- just function
Bicycle racks or incorporate a city-wide bicycle rental system available at CTA stops.
Reduce the noise. Smooth tracks as neighbors do not hear imperfections of the rails and
wheels. at Wilson, update the platform to be just like the new Fullerton and Belmont
Keep stop
Stations in looks and amenities. Cover most of the platform.
hang a banner on the concrete viaduct over the street to make a "welcome to Edgewater".
Not an advertisement for commercial purposes, but a community-related banner.
Elevators (many disabled (paying)) customers in Uptown / Edgewater
Review the viaducts for structural problems (e.g. Red Line over Ainslie)
Vision to enhance neighborhoods -- i.e. stations with neighborhoods specific decoration
Broadway corridor is great with shopping & restaurants. Can maps be added to the stations
(working with the local chamber / development groups on these). At stations: Sheridan,
Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, & Wilson
Add sheltered bicycle parking spot at Argyle
Argyle Station looks like it will fall down
Argyle pagoda need removed. Argyle Street is not all Chinese and pagoda is Chinese
symbol. Should be some Asian themes with different countries represented (work with
Argyle Street stakeholders)
I work for the delegate agency development corp. for Uptown. We also own a building at the
intersection of Wilson & Broadway. All the station shops were meant to compliment and
bring business to the commercial streets. Instead the condition of the station shops distract
from the health of the commercial district. Can you bring the CTA commercial shops at
Wilson & Argyle up to a condition where they could be occupied? This is a huge lost
opportunity.
The tracks on the west side of Argyle overpass are in terrible condition. As much as we try to
beautify and improve the streets with trees, flowers, and banners, the condition is an eyesore.
Regarding the Lawrence Station, it is in the heart of the entertainment district and instead of
being inviting, it is dark and often smelly. Even something as simple as colors or historic
posters would make a huge difference.
Aesthetic Issues - crumbling structures, stations that smell like urine, chipped paint
Commercial spaces -- the vacant CTA commercial property needs to be fixed up and
occupied with viable businesses. Short term please clean them up add lighting, use them for
neighborhood marketing in a positive way.
When stations are redeveloped, make sure there is a local flavor -- "you are here" maps,
signage with historic and current with information about the neighborhood.
Safety issues -- Police these stations to reduce crime -- especially at Wilson.
Most importantly -- Include the neighborhood chambers and economic development
organizations in the planning and implementation. We know the neighborhood and we want
to help.like something like Brown Line -- graduated process / interim improvements
Would
Would have been interested to see pictures of the Brown Line and a comparison of the
Did not realize that it was 10 years down the road. Advertising was not clear. She is not
interested in 10 years away when current projects are unfinished -- Bryn Mawr - tiles to cover
/ replace graffiti were not completed -- for example. What are we doing now or in 1 year or 2
I'm looking for a possibility of an elevator at Wilson. I know that there might not be enough
space, but I want to tell you about your elevator at Ashland and Lake where you go up in one
side then access the other side and works real well with very little space. Please think about
Dear planners: on behalf of the business owners along Argyle Street, we hope that the CTA
will not shut down the Argyle Station. Lots of residents and ordinary citizens depend on the
flow of CTA riders and if Argyle Station for their livelihood.
We understand that funding is tight for the CTA and everywhere. But please save the Argyle
Station. Also, many Chinese-people commute from Argyle Station to Cermak-Chinatown
Station on a daily basis. These people do not understand English well and they are
The Argyle Station is in bad shape - it included the structural starting to deteriorated. It
leaking in the rainy days - and icing on winter days. Argyle Station deserve to have a total
The Argyle Station is serving the whole community from Clark, Broadway, Foster, Argyle,
Gunnison, Sunnyside, Sheridan, Carmen, Winamac, etc… Many people come from south
Chinatown to Argyle. Many take to the loop and Southside. Argyle Station need a good
Red Line Argyle Station totally need to fix. Not safe to the public. Argyle Station & Cermak
Station bring Chinatown and North Chinatown together. Very convenient for Asian
community. security cameras at Wilson. More security lighting and handicapped access.
Please install
CTA buildings need to be fixed, leaks fixed, cracks taken care of, retail spaces better utilized.
Possible Purple Line transfer at Wilson or Lawrence.
My name is Peter Sprer, owner of La Patisserie P. I am one of many business owner on
Argyle Street. We appreciated the importance of having a great transportation system
around the business. Not only having and promote people living around nearby area, the
proper transportation creates the life-line! The source to allow others easily travel to and
from Argyle to shop and eat great food! Improvement is due and I am glad to take part and
Overall structure makeover for stations (needed)
More safety elements for travelers while waiting for trains
Better and easier way to pay for the ride throughout the system
Promote higher ridership in certain hours of the day for those short-distance riders, such as
offering discount or bonus points to their riding card.
A wealthy country like USA should not have a system which is inferior to that of poor
countries. Sao Paulo, Brazil and Delhi, India systems are clean, predictable, and operate
with great frequency during rush hour. Switzerland and Japan have large shopping
There should be more enclosed spaces to get away from rain/cold.
We need quiet, frequent, affordable secure trains. Visitors should not be threatened / robbed
The Argyle and other underpasses must be fixed now. They look like crumbling Roman ruins
with huge chunks missing from pillars.
Trains should be quiet so we can listen to stories / lessons on headphones. Now noise is too
much to hear them.
There should be cell phone connections as much as possible.
Have Purple Line stop at Wilson. Many people would appreciate that
Wilson Station at ground level need cleaning and refurbishing. It also is dangerous because
of gang activity. Continuous security should be posted in and around the station.
Should be ADA accessible
Security cameras needed.
Have more stations ADA accessible
Update Purple-Central by hospital to have elevator and escalator.
Track configuration NB leaving Loyola fix to increase speed above 25 MPH.
Communicate to residents to keep us updated, We rely on rumors
Get a safety expert involved in the planning process
Truman College has handicapped streets. This area has an exceptionally higher rate of
people with special needs. Make the Wilson L handicapped accessible.
The turnstiles need to be removed to the First floor for safety. Because more crime (arrests)
occur at the Wilson L than all other L stops on the North side, please put in security cameras.
The trust level of residents closer to the Wilson EL has been destroyed by too many
promises….the last one being 2 years ago when Ron Hubermann announced that the retail
space owned by CTA was on "fast tracks" to be remodeled. If fares go up and the CTA retail
spaces remain empty and unattractive, there will be a protest organized.
What I value most in this project is increasing safety for riders. This includes improving
overall structures of the stations and viaducts. I am really concerned about the Argyle
viaducts. They are deteriorating and do not seem safe. Another feeling so safety is
AS far as the décor I value cleanliness and a warm welcoming environment. Perhaps
incorporating are of the community more at these stations as you did at the Damen Brown
Line stop (furniture made out of suitcases). If you get suggestions about the art the
I also feel studying other mass transit systems in different states and countries to get ideas
from successful practice from abroad
Give Lawrence a "real" station, not a chain link fence.
Restore Wilson Station -- It could be beautiful
Make a Purple Line Transfer somewhere between Wilson & Granville to speed travel out of
Put train tracker in every El station and entrance
Fix slow zones on whole line
Fix "S" curve kink at Sheridan Stop to increase speed.
Move gates at Wilson to lower level to prevent loitering & crimes
Put solar or wind installations to provide cheap power
Make Wilson super-station transfer point.
Increase auxiliary exits where possible
Increase Purple Line hours of operation
Get rid of track supports in middle of the street on Leyland, near Wilson Station
Get nicer / better in-station merchants
Make stations expandable for bigger trains
Use ctatattler.com blog for ideas
Create ridership input group similar to NYC straphangers group
More bike parking
As a lifelong Brown/Red line rider, I would propose modeling as much of the CTA EL and
subway system after the Washington DC Metro system as possible.
Combine Argyle & Berwyn at Foster
Fix slow zones between Howard and Granville
Improve bus access to station like Main & Dempster
Get rid of the alderwoman so we can make some progress in this area. i.e. the Wilson and
Lawrence Lines
It's a disgrace that students going to Truman exit and are greeted by all the bums, gang-
bangers, etc..
This renovation is long, long overdue.
Lawrence, Argyle & Wilson improvements need for lighting to reduce attraction of crime
Make stations solar . Wind powered to reduce energy
Need for percent of funding added for public art -- local artist at each stop
Consideration for community business improvements or redevelopment
As the loop becomes more residential, businesses leaving for suburbs, how will this impact
the development?
More residents in downtown area reduces distant travel on trains. How can residents be
drawn to Uptown Neighborhoods and increase ridership?
Any improvement is needed -- bridges need to be rebuilt at Argyle as it is crumbling
An attractive station will draw businesses such as Starbucks or Panera or even mom & pop
shops. The impact of a new station can transform a neighborhood into a destination, not a
With the new Target, Wilson Station needs to support the new mass impact. Can Target
help fund the project and in turn name the station "TARGET"?
Safety by far is the #1 failing of the Red
The sign posted at Howard that warns of the cornering technique used against a student who
was beaten and robbed on a platform illustrates the danger perfectly - very vividly. High-def
cameras are certainly a step in the right direction, but will not be enough to prevent a robbery
in many instances. There is simply no substitute for a security presence on a platform. Your
station employees and phone numbers they can call. Support your employees and protect
your customers.
Don't wait for another incident like the one you yourselves are calling attention to with the
sign at the Howard Station. I could make other comments, but other concerns pale so much
in comparison to safety…I don‘t want to dilute my message. I sincerely thank you and best
of luck to anyone who takes what I just wrote very seriously.

Maintain Purple Line express
Have station employees with customer service acumen -- these people make impressions on
visitors from all around the world and many are negative
Continue to ask the government & legislatures for adequate funding and raise fees, if
necessary
Eliminate free rides for seniors, give on an as-needed basis if possible
Purple line improvements-- straighten out many of the curves
Express (Purple) - eliminate stops at Wellington, Diversey, Armitage, and Sedgwick giving
the express trains priority at Clark Junction over Brown Line trains
Rebuild the 3rd and 4th tracks between Chicago and Armitage
Red Line Improvements -- Restart A-B Skip Start Service
Put visual & Audio signals @ entry @ Main Street so we can tell when train is coming into
station (used to have a "???")
I have gotten to Main Street 5 minutes before schedule and missed the train that arrived
early (multiple times) @ Main Street (Morning rush hour 6:30 am-ish)
Keep outside entry look, improve internal flow at Main Street
Put up wind barriers and extend winter heaters to wide areas in platform
Slow zones are so frustrating, also bad impression on out of town visitors
Crumbling viaducts (and their slow zones) make you wonder why you take it each day (until
you try to drive)
Fix slow zones on NB Purple Express. It is slower than the local
Run some Purple Line trains from Evanston to Downtown or 95th Street when express is not
running i.e. half of Purple Line trains after 6:30 pm stop at Linden, Central, etc….. South
Boulevard, Howard, then keep going making ALL stops. This would be equivalent to
extending the Red Line service to Linden at times when 8 car trains are usually not needed.
Remove some Red Line stations between Granville & Wilson. Stops are too close together.
I ride from Dempster to the Loop every weekday and often on evenings and weekends.
Replace the infrastructure at Dempster. Pieces of concrete have been seen falling
Replace the clock. Apparently it broke and nobody thought we'd miss it

Run express nights and at least Saturday on the weekends. Many NW students are on the
train weekends and evenings. Many condo residents could be enticed to ride if the ride were
improved. The Howard Station is improved, but evening service has no predictability. Many
Chicagoans travel to Evanston to attend movies & have dinner.

Build an express stop somewhere between Howard and Belmont (Loyola? Berwyn?)

New viaduct at Dempster Street and South Boulevard
The Purple Line is a vital artery in Evanston. The infrastructure is in need of repair and/or
replacement. The viaducts need replacement, particularly those causing slow zones
Any station remodeling require ADA compliance. Aside from any legal requirements, it
seems a clear moral necessity.
Historical designations aside, some of the oldest stations have outlived their function and
need replacement from BELOW ground
It appears that station layout ((Island vs. side) is a more a matter of practicality from CTA's
standpoint. Not so much a citizen / customer desire.
With specific regards to both Dempster and Greenleaf's viaducts, if possible, CTA should
partner in any way possible with Metra due to the close proximity of both of these stations.
I live on Maple Avenue between Noyes and Foster. Other than reliable, timely service (the
most important thing), I would like to see a focus on viaduct maintenance. Poorly lit &
crumbling, they are a safety and appearance problem and a negative in the neighborhood on
Please look at what makes train systems in other cities successful, for example DC Metro
has signs announcing times until next train
A pre-paid fare card used to have a bonus -- you have my $$ upfront and in turn, I'd like to
have a bonus discount. If more people use cards you can eliminate lines to buy fare cards
and have better information on where people are getting on trains. Consider lowering fares.

How about student pre-paid cards that work on buses and trains so that students do not
need multiple cards (one on school hours and one for weekends) Encourage to use CTA,
not drive cars.
Please make stations more protective from bad weather (like new roofs at Howard street)
The 205 and other buses do not run on weekends, please make train connections to buses
at Davis more frequent.
My teens use the CTA often. What are options for safety and security when they are on the
trains after dark (when in winter starts at 4 PM)
Keep Purple line stations open and keep express running!
Make it easier for communities to work with CTA to have public art under viaducts.
We would like 24-hour service
Will you guys have an elevator at the Noyes Train station?
Make Evanston stations user-friendly like Metra Stations
Place more than 1 heater lamp on every station
Place more than 1 warming area on each station
Replace every Evanston Purple Line station
Make each station accessible to wheelchairs and handicapped
Stop masking and repainting these stations and rebuild them
Important to get suggestions on how a station should look and feel since we are the ones
riding then everyday
Bring back the extra conductor on the trains. This would prevent a lot of accidents that have
been occurring lately
Get rid of old viaducts and replace with new infrastructure
Market to community a new concept and you will get support
Get the CTA person that sits in the booth to be more involved making sure people make their
train when it approaches a station.
Purple Line needs longer hours. Often take trains through Howard at night
More Purple Line stations are not maintained -- small things such as poorer washing, fresh
paint, clean up trash
Need more empty trains -- later hours and on weekends
Why not express trains from Addison Street to Howard after Cub games?
CTA bridges may be structurally OK, but are eyesores.
Fix slow zones quickly -- including viaducts
Keep Purple Line express service
Fewer stops on Purple Express
Restore Evanston Express name
Eliminate one Edgewater-Uptown Stop
Restore A-B System
Free wireless internet of build Wifi pass into monthly pass as option at least at first to pay for
it.
Would like to be kept abreast of the replacement of viaducts on Davis Street

We recently conducted an image and brand development for Downtown Evanston with over
30 focus groups. We heard loud and clear that people feel the viaducts needed to be
replaced and that it deterred from them shopping on West Davis Street. Would like to work
to beautify it and make more pedestrian friendly.
Would also like to discuss marketing partnership. Please call or email regarding installing
"you are here" directories at the Davis Street Station. Cdellutri@evanstondowntown.com
8 / 10 car trains on Purple Line
ADA Compliant
Keep historic station houses
Security cameras
improved communications
No more pigeons
Use design cues from Benson Avenue on Chicago Avenue embankment
Not just another prefab wall for graffiti artist (Chicago Avenue)
landscaping embankment (Chicago Avenue)
Bridge replacement
Work with City on signage and penalties or enforcement on trucks hitting bridges.
Service - important to maintain Purple Line express service
Station modernization -- existing structures - Main Street Station roof leaks water on to
entrance to station & corridor to stairs to platform.
Cretonne (sp?) used to waterproof wood deck adheres to customer's shoes and smells awful
Would replace entire structure (Main Street Station)
Main Street station needs to be cleaned more often.
First priority should be safety -- some Evanston viaducts need to be replaced.
If historic structures are received best with all are restored to original interior.
Most important is safety. So everything you can do to improve safety, like security cameras
on trains and platforms, security guards, much more lighting, and protection from the
elements would be appreciated. be aware that Noyes has a very viable business district that
As you look at ridership, please
would be greatly affected by any lack of service
Please install or add new light bulbs at Gaffield viaduct. It does not feel safe at night at
viaducts throughout Evanston
The roof at Noyes Street leaks into the warming area.
We need viaducts repaired
Reconfigure Wilson Purple Line spur to Belmont/Fullerton Configuration
Purple Line Stations closer to Hospitals feature no elevators
This study should have included the Yellow Line. Extend Purple Line Platforms to 8 cars (at
least) through route late evenings, Sundays & holidays. Yellow Purple Line with Red Line
and Yellow Line stops at Ridge, Dodge, Crawford, Oakton/ Skokie
Purple Line stations are the most rundown on the system -- need to be rebuilt
Think outside the box -- get trains to 80 mph.
My wife and I are retired and use the main Street station; she more than I. We have several
priorities
Maintain Purple Line express service. Preferably as is.
Replace ailing viaducts for safety and better service
Closer attention to appearance of Main Street station and grounds
Keep in mind that if proposed apartment ever get built south of Kedzie along Chicago
Avenue, you will have much increased ridership at Main Street. Enhanced facilities will be
Wildest dream: Bridge connection between Metra Southbound platform and CTA
southbound platform -- so if I miss one train, I can catch the other ASAP.
Additional shelter space on SB platform on Main Street would be appreciated.
Your open house is welcome because you want to hear what your riders think and have to
say. First of all, the CTA system works well on the whole (I've lived in other cities and
Your personnel is friendly and efficient. Your equipment, though olds in places, is well
Your updating and addition of lines / extensions keep pace with the development of the City:
example the lines to the two airports.
Your stations are clean and efficiently run. In short, the CTA makes Chicago an attractive
city. Cooperation with the other transportation systems is a plus, as well.
Foster - important station for neighborhood and students. Keep station open.
Keep stations open and safe and accessible.
Comfortable waiting facilities including for safety
Main street station has a large gap between train and platform
Need signage telling when a train will come to the track.
thank you for interesting and valuable information. I came concerned about safety and
aesthetics, not realizing the underlying fix for those concerns would require work on track
beds, signals, power boosting.
The Purple Line has been on the back burner. I am happy to see it finally getting some
Safety First
Accessibility (including trucks fitting under viaducts)
Slow zone fix
Rebuild, restore, renovate station facilities
More Purple Line express trains.
Nicer train car interiors
Seniors who can afford it should not ride free!
I RIDE THE Purple Line to get to work for 3 years from the Southside of Chicago. However, I
have several co-workers who drive. We need Purple Line to work properly and safely. I
understand times are tough, however, people depend on that line to get to and from the vast
different area's or places. If you need to make something and people around then that's
what you have to do. Start by maybe some people taking a pay cut starting at the top. People
would rather have a cut than lose their jobs.

I am an Evanston resident and 2nd Police officer and really found the anti-graffiti walls and
thought about other CPTED (Crime prevention through Environmental Design) principles that
could be incorporated into platform benches. It would be very proactive to include fixtures
that prohibit lounging and loitering in the station areas since we often confront vagrancy and
panhandlers in the train environs.

The Red Line for the last 20 years has had frequent delays. Many of the train cars are old.
Atlanta has a much better system with very nice train cars. Ours are uncomfortable, drafty,
and frequently bumpy ride
A whole new track and train car system is needed for the CTA. Many of the viaducts have
structural as well as aesthetic problems and need to be replaced.
There has got to be some money out there that would help with the upgrade.
Repair the viaduct
Fix the viaducts -- repair them
Keep the express trains
Noyes Station is in best place but needs work, however (near Northwestern U and City Hall)
Reduced fares for seniors -- no free lunch
"A" and "B" were good station stops -- no Wellington stop on express
Noyes Station needs roof and stair repairs
Viaduct at Emerson needs work
The shelters with the heat lamps in the stations leak water on one's head when it rains
(Noyes station and after rain) Interiors are exposed to wind.
It should take into account the people who most depend on the EL may be underrepresented
at these meetings.
Excellent opportunity to learn about infrastructure and overall system.
Concerned - attention to renovation with safety as the priority, The Crumbling viaducts scare
me from the safety side less than aesthetic.
ADA accessibility is a priority.

I would like to see a regular schedule for maintenance on the entire system over all. When
looking at some of these station, rails, etc… most have not been renovated since they were
built. If we as home owners maintained our homes like this, we would be in severe trouble.
#1 wish is for stations to be cleaned more regularly: power wash platforms, railings,
enclosure walls, station floors, stairs
The stations I can recall being dirty that I travel to frequently: Sheridan, Main, Dempster, and
South Boulevard to some extent. (Generally older, enclosed stations have accumulated
grime.)
Also, the concrete stairs at the Davis Station always smell like urine
You know, you could probably start a "friends of the CTA" volunteer program or something to
get people to labor……
More heat and/or windbreaks for the cold months. E.g. Belmont (or Howard if you like) is a
nice station now, but freezing to wait at. Versus South Boulevard has enclosed stairway you
can wait in.the Red Line main -- now is the time to seriously consider putting the whole thing
Regarding
underground -- SUBWAY! This should have been done a long time ago but now is the
perfect opportunity. Over the long run, it might actually SAVE money. Make no small plans!
Infrastructure improvements: replace all deteriorated viaducts to help eliminate slow zones
and make commute times more competitive with Metra (you are losing riders in my
neighborhood that you could be capturing)
Station improvements -- roofs at Noyes and Foster really are leaking and need to be repaired
/ replaced; again making the stations more attractive and inviting could attract more riders;
while ADA improvements would be nice, I think they could strategically phased in (i.e. Main &
Bus service -- consider restoring former route 201 bus connections at Noyes & Foster Street
station (or at least making sure that the route goes back to serving senior buildings rather
than trying to compete with NU bus service for student riders)
Very high level of professionalism exhibited by all of the CTA personnel present at tonight's
meeting; this is very encouraging to me.
I want to see emphasis on restoration / rehabilitation of the historic EL stations -- South
Boulevard, Main Street, Dempster
Bicycle Racks moved indoors for better security! Ands more bicycle racks. (At South
Boulevard, I sometimes have to use a phone pole to cable my bike)
Put emphasis on environmental sustainability including vegetation for noise buffering and
native plantings along the right-of-way.
In-station bike parking at all new stations
All stations should have fare card boxes and person on duty.
Will it be possible to cross over without repaying for missed stops?
Are closed stations slated to be rebuilt, reopened? Isabella, 63rd to Stony island, 206 bus in
Evanston?
Please return historic integrity of the station design while making the modernization / ADA
requirement changes. It does not cost anything to retain the ambience of the station design --
 railings, canopies. Please DO NOT recreate the airport feeling of the Belmont Station in any
future redesigns. No modern, stark, sterile, prison looking designs.
Foster Station is extremely old and needs renovations, roofing, winter "warm" areas,
potentially security booths, etc….
Later service on Purple Line
Extended hours of express train.
The open house was very informative -- thank you.
At Noyes Street station, rainwater leaks though warming booth on El Platform, onto
sidewalks, and accumulates into large puddles (ice)
Noyes: Install another (or longer) warming area
Noyes: Remove strange-looking network / murals
Extend evening Purple Line express runs
Train cars are occasionally too hot or too cold.
The Purple Line is Pokey!
The seats are not made for tall people of for long (1 hour +) commutes
Get Northwestern to contribute funds for some Purple Line station's repairs.
Better area for warming.
Any additional set of tracks so when there is a blockage, trains can get around
South Boulevard platform is very narrow. At the most narrow point, there is a possibility of
somebody tripping over another commuter and launching on the tracks
Landscaping to reduce noise and native species.
Keep historic facades on stations -- get registered as historic buildings.
Public restrooms in stations.
Expanding express hours and weekend.
The Noyes Street station is dilapidated. The roof over one stairway fell down and the
platform leaks water into the electrical heat lamp of the windbreaks.
The commute to downtown has lengthened over time. Years ago, the express stopped at
Chicago Avenue, then Fullerton was added, then Belmont, then all Brown Line stops from
Belmont. Even with a longer wall to Metra Station (Davis or Central) my overall commute
time door-to-door is now faster with Metra (though more expensive)
The frequency of trains into the Loop during rush hours causes way too many delays at the
Loop north junction. Indeed, when service was cut back during the Brown Station rebuilding,
commute times were quicker due to less traffic jams at the junction.
Run Purple Line trains all day to the loop and weekends
Rebuild express tracks south of Armitage to bypass brown Line train.
So not stop at Wellington and Diversey for Purple.
Add new intermediate express stops to increase ridership to justify all-day service (Loyola,
Bryn Mawr, Wilson). This will require rebuilding station with double platforms.
I would really like more Evanston Express service later in the morning to downtown, and
especially later in the evening back to Evanston (7:15 is now the latest one -- why not 8 pm
Also, buses meeting the El and going to NW Evanston (and perhaps other places) stop so
early that one may be stranded at an El station.
Restore Purple Line Owl
Extends #N201 to Linden (bus sits for 24 minutes at Howard)
Allow "sleepers" to ride around at Howard to reduce dwell time for North Red Line trains and
improve connections to Purple Line
8 car platforms in Evanston
At Loyola Station, reopen east entrance for Loyola University Students.
Keep all the Evanston station open! Do not close some just to modernize others. Maybe
some could be rehabilitated and add antiques like Quincy St downtown.
Slow zones -- need to get rid of.

Major student concerns: improved lighting and feeling of safety at stops (Noyes and Foster)
as well as under the viaducts in between stops at Simpson and Gaffield.
Consider putting lights (in the trains) on the map indicating which stop you are at -- similar to
other cities. This might be particularly helpful for out-of-town visitors taking advantage of our
mass transit system.
keep open all station -- especially Dempster. Evanston needs EL -- Easy transportation for
traditional and reverse commuters.
Reconstruction, not repair of infrastructure, particularly viaducts over Dempster and Davis
should be a priority -- similar to the Main and Church overpasses / viaducts.
We write you regarding the CTA open House and the opportunity to suggest improvements
to the Purple Line in Evanston. As members of the Northwestern University community,
graduate students are frequent riders of the Purple Line and represent a growing group of
daily commutes. For the past two years, graduate students have received U-passes to
encourage use of public transportation and ease the commutes to both Evanston and
Chicago. According to a recent Graduate Leadership Council survey, although 80% of
students work on the Evanston campus compared to the Chicago campus, nearly 50% of
students live in the City of Chicago. Additionally, the most popular mode of transportation to
campus was the CTA what nearly 35%. Thus, we believe we are well-positioned to offer
advice on how to improve current CTA service and infrastructure.
There are many issues important to the graduate student community, and we will highlight
some of the major points. Firstly, we request that CTA make considerable improvements to
both Foster and Noyes stops. These two stops serve the entire Evanston campus and are in
a state of disrepair. Due to the poor conditions of the sheltering areas, often times rainwater
will drop heavily on awaiting passengers and can prove unavoidable for people walking down
the platforms.
Additionally, we noticed an effort to repaint these stops within the last few months. However,
much of the wood rotted and in need of replacement, we do not believe utilizing resources in
this way are an effective use of funds. Instead we would rather see a focused effort to fully
renovate these stops as a direct measure to entice further CTA ridership better service
existing riders.

Also, as many of our riders live in the Chicago area, the Purple Line express that runs during
rush hours from Belmont to Howard serves a large number of students. Before renovations
to the Belmont and Fullerton stops, express trains are often available only every 15 minutes.
We recommend that more express trains be run during rush hour to decrease the average
rider's commute time and further encourage the use of these services.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude for the updates at the Davis Street stop. We
believe the stations audible notifications of arriving trains and the digital screens have
greatly increased communications with riders. We would ask that similar renovations and
updates be made to other Purple Line stops. Some specific ideas we have include better
lighting, security guards on trains, better warming rooms, security cameras, wind protection,
handicapped access, digital screen showing current and future arrival times, and better
linking trains with buses.

We realize not all of these suggestions can be implemented at every stop, but we do believe
significant improvement can be made to the existing condition of many of the Purple Line
Stops. We welcome the opportunity to discuss and to work with you regarding this unique
opportunity, as we believe that our innovative perspective and experience working on
graduate student issues can bring great benefit to the both CTA and the University.

I am a regular rider from Evanston to the loop - both during rush hour and off-hours, as well
as weekends. Mornings seem to work well. But evenings are a problem, especially going
north from Howard. Between 6-7:30 pm I regularly wait 15-20 minutes for a purple line. I
don't know if the problem is that the Express trains get backed up further south or what, but I
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think you regularly 2 Skokie trains couple purple just for - very, very strange,
frustrating.
Just wanted to make sure that the Red Line Wilson is wheelchair accessible.
I know that everyone is super hot on having new platforms, but I wish you would spend any
extra resources that exist on ensuring peoples' safety on the El. Maybe an occasional cop or
security guard or undercover person on the train? On my way home from work today,
someone was masturbating in the seat next to me, and this happens to people all of the time
on the red line. There is no recourse for the victim that doesn't force them to feel like an ass
and disrupt the commute of hundreds of people, feel like an ass at the center of attention,
and temporarily risk their safety as they attempt to do something about the situation.
 Furthermore, word is that its illegal to pepper spray people on the El. If there was even
No fare hikes please!!!!!!!!!!!!
Workers should be friendly to riders. It makes a huge difference when a CTA worker smiles
and says hello when people get on the train in the morning!!!!!
Thank you for allowing us an opportunity to make suggestions regarding the red line. I would
like to request that the Loyola el stop be painted. The fading yellow under the bridge is an
eyesore and painting it would really spruce up the area! Also, I think the el line stops should
be kept-up better with paint when needed. Thank you!
The BERWYN Red Line 'L" Station should be renamed back to EDGEWATER BEACH, it's
original name or EDGEWATER. This station is not a suburb of Chicago.
I ride the Red Line daily, Morse is the station I usually enter and exit at most frequently along
with Berwyn. The main issues I have relate to accessibility at these two stations. Not only is
handicapped access non-existent, this issue also occurs with non-handicapped riders using
the L instead of a car to run daily errands, such as grocery shopping. With only stairs, you're
limited to a few bags of groceries. If you want to use a wheeled grocery/laundry cart for more
capacity it becomes very difficult attempting to get this up and down stairs. Elevator and/or
escalator service at these stations would solve the problem caused by having stairs as the
The path issue I platform.
only other to the L have is with the Morse station Lunt side entrance. With only one turnstile,
this can become a bottleneck at rush hour when all commuters wait to pay at a single card
scanner. for the opportunity to respond, as I will not be available to attend the public
Thank you
meetings. Among my greatest concerns is safety in riding the Red Line. Both the Argyle
Station, and especially the Wilson Station pose personal safety issues to riders. At Wilson,
there are documented cases of riders (typically waiting for the train) to be robbed at gun
point. This is also affecting youth en route to or returning from public schools in the area. The
Argyle Street corridor where the Red Line is located is also a place where significant
incidents of personal assault have occurred.
I would urge that renovations include video-cameras to strengthen surveillance. Also, police
other security personnel on-site (ideally) to monitor illegal activity.
I am currently taking a class in the evenings a Truman College and have been cautioned to
avoid the Wilson Street Red line (to Argyle) as both pose personal safety risks. With cut
backs to the CTA, privatized parking that severely restricts parking and anticipated cut-backs
in bus line services, the intent of strengthening walking communities and greater use of mass
transportation is being undermined by the erosion in public safety. Further, use of wonderful
city resources, such as community college evening classes at Truman College, are being
On a related note, I am extremely unhappy that the 147 Express Bus line is slated to be
discontinued. Cuts like this affect citizens who depend on these mass transit options—and
who wish to support mass transit usage—significantly. Chicago should be a mass-transit
friendly city, but I am becoming more concerned that issues of personal safety and
reductions in mass transit options is having the opposite effect.
I am a 16-year resident of Uptown and it distresses me that the neighborhood, which has
enjoyed a profile in greater safety and accommodations over the years, seems to be
reversing this trend that our hard-working public officials have worked to implement.
I‘ve lived in the Uptown area since 1999. I‘ve been a responsible neighbor and real estate
tax payer. The alderman of the 46th ward has not been effective in supporting those that
have moved into the area in order to beautify it. Our real estate taxes keep going up, but the
service received from the 46th ward is declining drastically.
I‘ve watched the CTA ‗L‘ stops in almost all neighborhoods South of where I live be
renovated over the past several years and ultimately more safe. One of these days I would
like to keep my car parked and be able to use public transportation from my neighborhood to
work, however, at this point I will not use the Wilson & Lawrence red line stops because I do
not feel safe, not only from a crime standpoint, but from an ‗L‘ platform construction
standpoint. The platforms seem shoddy, shallow and need to be renovated similar to those
I use the Lunt/Morse stop, and there really needs to be at least two turn-styles for the Lunt
entrance. The card scanner doesn't always work, too - I find that I need to carry a paper
transit card for the days when the scanner doesn't work, just in case. I have also seen many
people's cards not work at the Lunt card scanner, too.
Is there anyway to connect the parking lot with the el station without having to go down the
stairs and up the escalator? The garage is only a few feet from the entrance to the station.
I want to tell you my top concern for Red Line improvements. After all the money spent
redoing the Howard station, there is still a big problem. That is that there is no safe place to
drop off and pick up passengers who are elderly or disabled. I suppose the assumption is
made that they will be transferring to or from a bus, but that assumption is wrong. I have
elderly neighbors whom I sometimes drop off or pick up there, but there is simply no place to
do it that doesn't force them to walk a distance that is nothing to you or me but is quite
difficult for them. You cannot safely stop to drop someone off anyplace on Howard. Just try
it, and you will have buses and taxis blowing their horns at you while the elderly struggle to
get out of or into the car--not to mention careless drivers who just might hit the car or
passengers while the other car is maneuvering too quickly to get around you. So Howard is
out. Other than that, one can only go southbound on Hermitage, since the northbound part
We live on the 1500 block of West Sherwin Avenue west of the Red Line overpass at
Greenview and Sherwin. The overpass structure is in very bad structural and aesthetic
condition. There is minimal lighting under the structure which is great cause for safety when
There is a large volume of automobile traffic at this intersection in all four directions. The
columns supporting the overpass structure are a very old reinforced concrete design and
therefore these vertical members have a large cross section that significantly limits visibility
There is what is apparently a concrete grade beam connecting columns on the north side of
the intersection in the middle of Greenview Avenue. It extends into and blocks the
pedestrian crosswalk requiring those walking with children or with children in strollers or
those with disabilities to walk in the westbound Sherwin traffic lane. Combined with the
inadequate lighting, this is a very dangerous location to cross whether walking or driving.
I would like to see improvements to more of the stations along the red and purple lines. In
I would also like to Street station.
particular the Main see elevators and/or escalators put in at the Central stop in Evanston.
The North Shore Evanston Hospital is right there and it would be very helpful to patients who
have mobility problems.
My concerns/thoughts/hopes are few: Regarding the Purple line, to have express trains run
past 7 p.m. For those of us who work in the arts or other professions that require us to work
less 9 to 5 jobs ( or 7 p.m.) are hampered by the current train schedule. You can take an
express going downtown...but returning home, no luck. Also, if one chooses to see a late
A few extra express trains at night or limited stops would be wonderful. Red or Purple line.
The Jarvis L stop is not kept up well and although it's closer to my home, it is unpleasant.
I would first like to understand the reasons behind two
decisions about the Red and the Purple line. 1. Why does the Red Line terminate at Howard,
instead of proceeding all the way to Linden?
2. Why does the Purple Line "express" visit all of the stations between the Loop and
Belmont, and then skip the stations between Belmont and Howard, instead of quickly getting
passengers from the Loop to the farther, northern stations, skipping the southern stations?
I am a daily commuter on the Red line and will try to attend the meeting next Monday
evening in Rogers Park.
I have many concerns over these stations and #1 is the cleanliness. It ALWAYS smells of
urine and it is dirty and not kept up. I have also been told multiple times that the vacant
stores are property of the CTA and I would like to know if there are any plans to bring in
businesses? It would make sense to me that having an empty store would not be generating
any revenue for the much needed CTA budget. With all of the commuters that come through
this station, why not bring in a Dunkin Donuts or a Starbucks? What are the plans?
In addition, there was a small vendor/store that was in the Morse station and he is now shut
down…is there renovations being made for this?
Taking the Red Line to work is like taking a slow boat to China. Something has to be done to
speed up this service. Perhaps we should consider A and B service of years ago
with several heavily used stations being both A & B (Morse, Loyola, Bryn Mawr, Belmont,
Wilson, Fullerton, Chicago and Grand). The Purple express service should be modified and
running all day long into the evening hours - less often during non-rush hours. Purple line
trains should also be running express from Belmont to Chicago Avenue. At least in New
A good idea to increase ridership is to open a stop at Crawford on the Yellow Line. There is
plenty of room to develop parking at this site. You could increase ridership on this line by
15% if there was a stop at Crawford.
Just a suggestion - both bridges at Morse and Loyola stations look very crappy. I am sure it
won't cost that much to make them look prettier. Also, Morse needs to be renovated.
On some Saturdays when construction was occurring at the Morse or Jarvis stations, there
was no notice at all--not even signs posted at the Lunt entrance to the Morse stop. We need
the notice to plan our commutes during construction. Could the CTA please pick up the
garbage strewn along the tracks in Rogers Park? It's very unsightly and is, I think, a
Also, what is being done regarding the empty storefronts around the Morse el stop? It gives
the CTA and the neighborhood a depressed look. Are those areas owned by the CTA?
Greetings. I live just 1/2 block west of the Morse stop on Lunt and my partner lives just south
of the Jarvis stop on Sherwin. Needless to say, we spend much of our time on and around
the Red Line. When I lived off the Howard stop, I really liked the number of small businesses
where I could get dinner on the way home from work (the Taqueria or the Hot Dog shop just
underneath the tracks) before the renovation of the station.
At Jarvis, I like the small Indian food restaurant and hot dog shops on the east side of the
tracks. And though I can't afford to eat at the newer fancy restaurants on Jarvis, I like that
there are businesses open. I sometimes get coffee at Charmers.
I would really like to see some kind of retail development east of the tracks at Jarvis. There
is so much empty space that could be used for a locally owned small restaurant or general
goods store. It would be great to have some support for small business owners to develop
stores that would be of use to the people that come west down Jarvis to get on the train.
The Loyola Station at the entrance to Rogers Park looks terrible! The pillars holding up the
tracks are in horrible shape and need a facelift, resurfacing, possibly new supports and new
paint like the facelift that was done to the underpass tracks at 55th and Hyde Park Blvd.
Adding better lighting under the tracks would also help make the entrance to Rogers Park
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the meeting concerning the planning and rehabbing
of the three Northernmost stops on the Red Line. I do, however, have a few thoughts. All
concern the Howard stop. The new hub is grand in scale, and much needed. I am thankful
(especially now that it is finished) for it, and all the planning and funding that went into it.
My thoughts are that its very cold and artless, especially in the current economy. The very
large space overlooking the tracks at the Southern end of the stop has a lot of potential for
development. How about a permanent concession/newsstand? I'm sure that the CTA could
use the revenue. Perhaps that large area could be broken up into small booth-type retail
stands. Another thought is that the area could be rented out for private events. It would be a
Another idea is to get some local artisans involved (with or without Obama dollars) to create
murals, mosaics, and the like, to soften and personalize the space.
Lastly, as I see it, the new Howard Street El Stop is screaming for better and proper
signage. How about a large clock?
Looks like Howard st is unfinished. Much more importantly is that lay off's must be stopped.
 It has created very poor moral among employee's. If they are continually told they will loose
their jobs, why would they work very hard , have any respect for the CTA or act like they
really care about any riders that use your services. It is not very comfortable riding or dealing
with anyone who acts like they don't care what they are doing every day. Job security would
greatly improves attitudes with your employees as well as improve ridership, pleasantness
and happier all of us. I sincerely hope you will consider stopping your yearly threats. Thank
PLEASE coordinate with the Chicago Police Department and community groups and
increase security on Thorndale and Granville Stations. There continues to be too many folks
hanging around and sometimes snatching purses, etc. Even though there is a camera in the
intersection of Winthrop and Thorndale, there are still persons on corners just east of there
(Kenmore and Thorndale) engaged in suspicious behavior. Cleanliness and other
improvements to the stations are more than welcome but security is an imperative that
The Morse stations need a renovation badly it need to have improvements to make Morse a
better and secured el stop. Elder. Franklin Rhodes, Rogers Park Presbyterian Church.
clean lights In station and nearby
The Patriot CTA -Vet train project if accepted and used with creativity it would be a more
practical way to give and reach more Veterans especially to the large number of Veterans
who use the Military pass on the CTA
The CTA already has the Santa Clause train-and the Real Santa are the Veterans and this
could be great for our country, freedom and education as people from all walks of life ride the
Chicago CTA Veteran Train that is unique for the city that Works. The CTA already has the
Santa Clause train-and the Real Santa are the Veterans and this could be great for our
country, freedom and education as people from all walks of life ride the Chicago CTA
However, it also makes me realize that the Morse station is one of the most neglected stops
along the route. (Even Wilson and Jarvis have new lights on the platform) So it would be
nice to have a bit of upgrading at our stop to at least provide safer lighting for women and
children, and maybe it would also help keep unsavory people from using the stairs as their
public toilet!!! It always smells like a cheap roadside rest toilet when climbing or descending
So, please know that many of us appreciate your upgrades to the system at large. And I for
one feel that the current fare rates are without doubt one of the best bargains to be had in
this city! It will always be cheaper than owning a car. But it would be nice to finally have the
last 2 stations before the newest gem @ Howard at least represent the residential upgrades
in our neighborhood of Rogers Park. A folksy mural aside the Morse overpass does not a
pleasant station make. Thanks for your willingness to listen to those of us who live here.
1. Elevator at the Morse-Lunt L stop. -I realize Howard, Loyola and Granville already have
elevators. But those elevators do not help my local neighborhood, which is the "downtown"
of East Rogers Park. -With the cuts in buses and the move to greener neighborhoods with
fewer cars, the L must become more accessible to people. -Senior Citizens--many in the
neighborhood cannot climb stairs -- The senior housing project on Morse, the co-ops on
Lunt, at least a dozen in my co-op on Greenleaf, and 5 more in houses across the street, and
in many other buildings and houses in the neighborhood. -Disabled People--many in the
neighborhood cannot climb stairs. Many nursing homes and halfway houses -Mothers with
babies and strollers and toddlers in tow--difficult to juggle babies, toddlers, small children,
2. A Newsstand/Notions Kiosk that is actually Open 7 Days a Week -There used to be one,
but not any more.
3. Surveillance Cameras on all parts of the platforms, stairs, elevators, and entrances and
exits. -Expensive, yes, but more and more crimes are taped and suspects apprehended
because of the use of these cameras.
I am encouraged by the meetings and study being proposed, I hope it actually results in
action and improvements. The Red Line is not only in a sad state of disrepair but also
inaccessible via elevator or escalator. An excessive amount of money was spent rehabbing
the Brown line which carries fewer passengers daily but it seems their ridership has a higher
income bracket that prioritized that rehab. I live between the Lawrence and Argyle stops.
Both stations smell, have odd drippings/pools of liquid, are dirty, dimly lit, have slanted and
broken stairs and the platforms are very narrow for waiting passengers. How does the city
It is also completely frustrating and unacceptable that there is not a Red Line station that is
handicapped accessible until Addison! I have knee issues that have required surgeries and
for me to be on crutches for months at a time. It is a sad that the CTA and city of Chicago
participate in this discriminatory behavior, yet cater to the visitors of Wrigley field. I pay taxes
and full fares like many others who have to struggle getting up and down the stairs. We
need, no, we deserve an improved Red Line that allows access for all in a safe and clean
I have a long commute - Jarvis/Howard to near downtown. I am so grateful for the upgrades
to the system in the last few years. With the (early!) completion of the 3 track construction,
and elimination of slow zones, my commute is down by 15-30 mins each way. The
renovations to Howard and Jarvis stations and more frequent cleaning of trains are
improvements I benefit from every day. I also commute by bike when it is warmer, and I love
being able to accomplish part of my commute with my bike on CTA when needed - adds a
My main request for my travel is for more frequent cleaning of stations and trains, especially
now when so many folks use the trains as shelter from the cold.
I use the northside stations south of Jarvis less often. But my infrequent visits tell me those
stations would benefit from serious upgrades and much more frequent cleaning. Thanks for
keeping the fares down. Had they gone up to $3 each way, I would have considered driving
I'm not sure what input you'd need other than a statement that there are 2 in my household
that use both stations. They both need to be updated. Most noticeably the Wilson station.
Please restore it to the original Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic.
It would also be a no brainer to renovate the purple line track to stop again at the Wilson
station. This will greatly alleviate congestion at Belmont for sure.
1. Have trains run at consistent time intervals. No more delays!
2. Have LCD screens displaying when the next train is coming. This is done at Addison, and
several other stops. (My question is why it is only done at high-tourist locations, when
everyday riders need the information more).
3. Clean up the MORSE stop. It often stinks like a bathroom. Give it a paint job. Get rid of
the people loitering outside. Put in stairs that are not so steep!
4. Encourage conductors to be courteous and informative when using the microphones. So
many times the conductors yell into the microphones. You can hear the frustration in their
5. Make the CTA a world-class transportation system!
Thank you for holding these meetings and for acknowledging that there are major problems
with the north side Red Line Stations. I sincerely wish I could attend the open house tonight,
but work will prevent me from getting there.
For me, the problems all come down to three things – Ø            Service is inconsistent at best,
and often completely unreliable. It is a gamble every time you ride the train whether you‘ll get
to your destination on time. There could have been improvements on this in the last few
months, but I have not been riding due to my final point.
Ø       There is a severe lack of handicap access, and …
Ø       Most importantly – I do not feel safe taking public transit at all anymore. Please read
below for a complete explanation.
I was always one of the biggest supporters of taking the CTA – it is good for the environment,
it is convenient to most places in the city, I do not have to fight for or pay for parking, and
supporting it helps the city. However, in May I was harassed at the Morse stop for a good 5
minutes during the morning rush – I was very vocal in telling the two young men to get away
from me – I could not get to the assistance call box because they were blocking me, and
absolutely no one offered their help or tried to get security. When I finally got away from them
I got on the front car, because that is where the conductor is located and I felt safer. Well,
one these young men stalked me through the train and robbed me at Berwyn. I chased him
down the platform and through the station screaming ―Stop him, he robbed me‖. Again, not
Since these events I have only taken public transit four times – never feeling safe or
comfortable. I also do not want to give my money to a system that is so broken, unsafe, and
in my opinion, mismanaged. Now I drive to work and almost everywhere else I go, or I take a
cab – only using pubic transit when I feel it is the last resort and far too expensive to take a
I would love to take public transportation again – I would love to feel safe and secure enough
that I would be offered help if harassed or robbed again – or that the perpetrators would be
caught because there were cameras to capture their image.
I would also like to feel confident that the equipment would work properly and the train would
not be moving with a door hanging wide open (this happened to me years ago on the red line
– and apparently that was not an isolated incident) and would deliver me to my destination
on time (as according to trip planner), without the standard 15+ minute standing delay due to
malfunctioning equipment of another train or the switching mechanisms.
The redline Loyola viaduct/bridge needs updating badly. I am referring to the cement
structure that holds the tracks and allows cars to pass under it. Loyola University should help
out in this rebuild since this is their stop, and it is one of the first noticeable structures when
driving around the bend and into Rogers Park. I don‘t care if it becomes a mural for Loyola
Univ. advertising etc….it needs to be cleaned up. It is falling apart and really does not blend
Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with my input for the CTA Vision Study. Since I
cannot attend, I would like to offer my input via e-mail for your consideration. I use the
Granville station as my principle station for the Red Line.
1) As you may know, this station has been neglected for many years. Cleaning and painting
would rid the tired, blighted, filthy appearance of this station.
2) The platform is imprudently narrow. Is there any chance in widening the platform as has
been done at the Fullerton station?
3) Security is a big concern. I will not ride the Red Line after dark because of news of armed
robberies (1 recently occurred at the Granville station); folks who panhandle in and around
the station also put travelers at risk when money is given. Any chance of having security at
these stations? Is it time for security scanners to prevent handguns from being brought on
Will the stations (particularly the Dempster station) be repaired? The metal structure is quite
rusty and looks unsafe (and really unsightly).
Transit it my preferred mode of transportation to and from Chicago. Having just moved to
Evanston from Chevy Chase, MD, I am thrilled to leave so close to the Dempster station. I
think the rush hour schedule for the Purple Line is a bit confusing, though and would
appreciate better posting of when the express trains run. (I took the train last week, and the
automatic notification to transfer from the Red line to Purple Line at Belmont failed to come
Great service BUT....some ( examples: Foster, Noyes, Central) of the Evanston stations are
deplorable. They need much more than a coat of paint!
Due to work issues I may not be able to attend. My only question with the project is if the
cement walls and Pylons that are holding up the el over Ainslie and Argyle are going to be
repaired in this renovation. The walls are crumbling and every time the purple line rolls by
more chucks fall off. I can forward some pictures this weekend. I worry about driving or
Here are requests emphasized by those who stopped at the Thorndale table at last night's
Chicago Transit Authority North Red/Purple Line Vision Study meeting:
Skip the frills. Concentrate on the utility of rapid transit stations
Elevators at rapid transit stations are too slow. It's a safety issue when "in transit."
Improve all exterior lighting.
Do not rent commercial space to snack shop owners, particularly at stations that are located
near schools. Appreciable littering ensues.
I am an avid rider of the redline and reside off of the Berwyn Stop. I think these stops need to
be renovated for one main reason. The neighborhoods up north off of the Wilson, Lawrence,
Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Etc. stops are becoming great places for people to live. People
have finally figured out that these neighborhoods are some of the only ones in the city that
provide people access to both the EL and the Lake. No where else do these two critical
I think investing in these EL stations will be a great improvement and continue to make these
neighborhoods sought after real estate. I love my neighborhood and can't picture any where
else I'd rather live.
Although I will be unable to attend the open house, I wanted to provide comments for the
CTA. I am a new student at Northwestern and have successfully learned to navigate the CTA
since arriving on campus this fall. I usually use the Davis and Foster stops on the Purple Line
I usually feel safe or holidays, departing mid-morning and returning of all the purple late
on weekend days at the station, though Davis feels the most securemid-afternoon to line into
stops that I have experienced. I value the CTA's service and hope that serious cuts in Purple
Line Service are not on the way.
This rusty hulk of a bridge is a disgrace and an eyesore. I have been looking at this every
day for years. All our relatives and friends that visit comment on the state of it. When is the
last time it painted? Probably before I was born and I'm 61!
I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the open house on Thursday. I will be taking the
CTA downtown to visit the Kris Kindle Market and go to the Lyric Opera!
The CTA must continue to support the residents of Evanston with the cleaning up of
Evanston stations and replacing crumbling viaducts as they would to any neighborhood in
Chicago (of which Evanston is a good next door neighbor!)
As a resident of Uptown I will have to pass my vote on the Wilson Redline stop. I travel
using the CTA every day and can without a doubt say that this stop is the most disgusting in
the city. Paint is falling off the walls, the wood is rotten on the platforms, the smell of urine is
everywhere and there is no sense of security at the station.
In a neighborhood that boasts itself on being diverse and eclectic, we certainly scare people
away by the ability to even travel to the neighborhood.
With Projects like the Wilson yard showcasing a New Target store, I think that the level of
success in that area will not be as great as anticipated
The fact is that people will still travel to the west and south, due to the fact that the
appearance of the stop alone leads people to believe that the neighborhood is unsafe.
It is a shame because the entire block of running North of Montrose up through Lawrence is
an endless parade of empty storefronts, only because we let them get that way. We have
such great opportunities with the once very popular theaters of uptown. Green mill jazz club,
and argyle street restaurants and shops. Not to mention the ever growing gay community in
Uptown. All of these opportunities are hindered not only by, but largely related to the
conditions and perception of Uptown. Starting primarily with the continuously voted the most
Please help restore this once very vibrant neighborhood After all Uptown is the last real
lakefront property in the city of Chicago, and we are letting it just be destroyed.
The Jarvis red line CTA station needs renovation. There was some work done inside and on
the platform which helped quite a bit. There is still urine in the station. Also the
supports/trestles for the train line just outside the station are completely crumbling and also
need paint and also need some way to stp the pigeons from going to the bathroom all over
the sidewalk and people walking under there. It prevents retail development in the block
because people can't walk under the train trestle (on both the north and south sides of the
I'm unable to attend the open house for Evanston residents to discuss the purple line and the
CTA changes - - however I use the purple line every day to get to work and would definitely
be unhappy were the CTA to discontinue the purple line. I use the Davis station - to
Chicago. I take the 7:48 train in the morning and return between 6 - 6:15 back to the Davis
stop. Ado not discontinue servicesthe the purple line - Iin the evening there already appear to
Please note asked if I feel safe at on Davis stop, yes definitely do.
be so many more brown lines that go by as compared the purple line which always end up so
crowded.
I am unable to attend the open house today regarding this CTA/Evanston Purple line. I must
say I would be deeply disappointed and inconvienced should the CTA choose not to continue
the purple line through Evanston. I ride it every day, from the Davis St station down do the
loop. It was part of the reason my husband and I chose to live in Evanston, and we chose
our apartment based on its proximity to the el stop. I would think many part of what
encourages people to live in Evanston rather than Rogers Park or other parts of Chicago is
that while it has the perks of being a suburb, you have the access of being in Chicago - it is
the best of both worlds. Should this service cease to exist, I think a lot of people would no
It's great that you are rehabbing stations but the problem I find is that once done the
maintenance is poor. You just put in a new escalator at State and Adams recently. Already
you can see it getting dirty - ground in dirt in the floor plates, the sides of the escalator are
starting to loss their luster. It is obvious no one has cleaned the escalator at all.
If you go through all the trouble to put in something new why isn't it maintained properly?
Pretty soon it will look just like the old escalators - dirty and dingy.
As part of the Red & Purple Line Vision Study and because I am unable to attend the
Evanston open house I would like to offer my public comment. I am a staff member of
Northwestern University‘s Evanston Campus living in Chicago, and therefore a daily rider of
the CTA Purple line. I agree with project overview stating the poor conditions of many of the
stations and their inaccessibility. I have personally experienced these poor conditions with
my daily use of the Noyes Street Station. The platform is narrow, well as the entrance onto
the platform, making it nearly impossible for patrons to enter and exit at the same time. The
wood roof above the platform, while better than no shelter at all, is rotting and leaks when it
rains. Water also pools at the base of the stairs leading to the station. This adds to the
rundown appearance of the station that is in great need of a face lift. This is my experience
I am also a daily user of the Brown Line and I am extremely impressed with the recent
improvements that have been made. If similar improvements are being proposed for the
Purple/Red Line this will likely address most issues. These are likely to be costly changes
but it would be tremendously beneficial to those working in Evanston or students attending
If not already implemented, include installation of Train Tracker technology for trains
Have electronic message boards in protected area in redesigned EL stations with arrival time
for connecting buses and train arrival time.
Pre-plan for advertising space to increase non-fare revenues
The first is that the purple line express train service ends way too early for commuting
students and professionals heading south from Evanston to Chicago. It would be more
convenient for the purple line express to start an hour later (3:30 pm vs. 2:30 pm) and end an
hour later (7:30 pm vs. 6:30 pm) rather than to keep the current schedule. I do not know of
Furthermore, if they actually did leave work 2 pm (which is in the daytime), safety would not
be such a large issue as it is at night time for a commuter switching between the red and
purple lines in the evening (during nighttime).
Secondly, the Noyes stop on the purple line is in appalling condition. The roof over the
station is leaking all over the place, most notably over the heat lamps. This causes a waste
of energy, as a person trying to keep warm under the heat lamps would have to use an
umbrella to keep from getting wet, defeating the purpose of the heating lamps and restricting
the number of people able to stand under the lamp. Furthermore, the combination of water
and electricity on may also lead to electrocution, which is a severe hazard that I'm sure the
CTA would not want to inflict on its passengers. A very large number of Northwestern
No comments attached
I am an Evanston resident. I want the CTA to know and understand that we value and
appreciate the excellent CTA service we have via the Purple Line. Of course it would be
great to have some of our stations refurbished and to have some of the aging bridges
replaced (for example Dempster street bridge), but please do not pay for the improvements
by closing a station. Particularly I urge you to keep all the Evanston stations open and
operating just as they are. We have come to rely on all the stations and I urge you to keep
I am the Alderman of the 2nd Ward of the City of Evanston. My constituents rely on the
 As well, the Purple Line serves Purple Line of transportation work in Chicago and back.
transportation services the CTA as a source provides to get tofor employees and business
owners living in Chicago to get to Evanston. The Purple Line should be strengthened and not
weakened and eliminated.
The older facilities although charming are in a state of decay and disrepair
This current condition makes them unattractive to use for a daily commuter.
People are packed like herd animals during rush hour and the train car is basically set up to
move cattle rather than human beings. is basically set up to move cattle rather than human
Lots of proposed funding for Olympic improvements for people mover systems, but little for
the much used CTA/Purple line currently carrying citizens to and from work every day!
Unfortunately, I am unable to attend tonight's open house. However, I'd like to express how
important the Purple Line (and especially the Central Street Station) is to me and my family. I
rely on it to get to/from work in downtown Chicago. Although the fees continue to escalate, it
continues to be the best way to travel. The express service is terrific. As we find ourselves
working later and later each year, I would love the express hours to extend later in the
I would also like to see Wifi service on the trains. Free Wifi would be great. However,
knowing that budgets are tight, the CTA could provide that availability and charge for a
subscription (i.e. Starbucks or McDonalds).
Keep up the good work. We look forward to positive, progressive changes on the CTA Purple
Line run.
This is regarding the request for feedback on Evanston's Purple Line. I am not able to attend
the public open house in Evanston this evening.
I have lived in Evanston and have been riding the Purple Line for 22 years, and though my
personal situation has changed from a young, single person to now a married person with
children, I feel that one of the greatest assets that Evanston has is the Purple Line. I utilize
the Purple Line to a great extent -- I work in downtown Chicago and use it for my daily
commute, and as a one-car family, I often use the Purple Line for convenient transportation
to other Evanston locations that are within walking distance of the El (doctor appointments,
shopping trips, visiting friends), as well as trips downtown with my children and for other non-
work reasons. I rely on this method of transportation and probably would not have
considered Evanston an option to live had the Purple Line not been here. The Metra is a
With that said, I realize there are issues with the upkeep and maintenance of the stations
and infrastructure. My Dempster station often floods when there is rain, and the overpass on
Dempster is crumbling and being held up by supports. A couple months ago I noticed a
large (about 18 inches across) chunk of concrete had fallen from the overpass onto the
sidewalk. It is not only somewhat of an eyesore but potentially dangerous as well.
Reading about the budget crisis with the CTA, when faced with the possibility of decreased
service, closed stations, or worse, the elimination of the Purple Line, I can only offer my
opinion: some Purple Line is better than no Purple Line. I could withstand an increase in
fares and a decrease in the frequency with which the Purple Line operates, but having no
We need unbroken service between Evanston and Chicago's Loop (not just to Howard Street)
I am unable to attend the CTA Purple Line community meeting tonight, but I thank you and
the CTA for holding such an event. The Purple Line is a vital link to the rest of Chicago for
myself, family, neighbors in Evanston, and colleagues at Northwestern.
My main suggestion is to expand the Purple Line's express service beyond rush hours. This
may be economically or logistically impossible, but I can think of a number of ways in which it
would improve customer service on the Purple Line and increase ridership.
(1) To make the purple line an express train round the clock might increase use up and down
the existing red line tracks for quick service between Belmont and Fullerton stops and
Howard stop. I often drive rather than take the long, slow trip home on the red line.
(2) An express purple line would be used by Northwestern students and Evanston residents
to travel in and out of Chicago for cultural events that occur in non-rush hour hours,
Even if the express train rain every 1/2 hour, 45 minutes or hour during non-rush times, it
would be a great addition to the CTA services that link Evanston to Chicago.
dear friends at CTA: it is very nice that you are having the open house in Evanston. i take
the purple line frequently to downtown. the new station at Howard is a great improvement.
no matter what kind of suggestions people make tonight, they will all cost money. that's what
you are running out of. raising fares decreases ridership, unless there is a coincidental
dramatic rise in gas prices. the only way you can improve service, build two new stations in
evanston, and keep the quality of the rolling stock high is to face the elephant in the room:
the high cost of your many union employees. you should be willing to face the possibility of a
strike by insisting on reduced starting wages for new hires, retirement incentives for long-
term employees, greater cost sharing in health insurance by employees, and greater
employee contribution to pensions, plus upping the retirement date and reducing the amount
surviving spouses receive. union rules that forbid firing an employee unless they commit a
felony while on a cta train need to be changed as well. there must be other work rules that
I am a senior citizen, and would be happy to give up my free CTA pass
I think with the constant increase in crime, the presence of the Evanston Police Department
should be expanded
anyway to reduce the purple line train noise after 10:00PM?
  I don't know what is planned for the Purple Line, so I write having the worst possible
scenario in mind--its elimination. I am a fervent proponent of public transit, and therefore the
Purple Line. I have lived in Evanston for 46 years, and when we moved here the Purple Line
was one of the attractions. We have always lived within walking distance to the Purple Line.
I used it every working day for 33 years, and use it several times a week since retirement.
Public transit, especially the Purple Line, is one of the reasons many people move to
Evanston. Also why so many new multi-family family buildings have built here--simply note
that all are within a few blocks of the line.
The elimination of the line would be a great loss to the city. Public transit is advocated by all
who conclude that its growth will go a long way to reduce the pollution of the atmosphere. If
anything, it should be expanded.
I think it is essential that the Purple Line continue to function, with the 7 stops it has always
had. And the more hours the Evanston Express runs, the better!
I received information from the City of Evanston about tonight's meeting about plans for the
Purple Line, my regular route to & from the Loop. I cannot attend tonight's meeting, but
would appreciate receiving information about the Vision Plan that CTA will be discussing at
Please keep the Dempster Street station! I rely on it for transportation to the loop almost
every day. Main Street and Davis Street are too far away. You don't have to modernize it.
Leave it the way it is. Just keep it open
I was disappointed that I did not hear about the public open houses in Evanston until now,
and only then because I happened to read evanstonnow.com, which I do occasionally. I
regularly consult transitchicago.com for updates on travel, and am sorry that news of the
public meeting is not easy to find on the website. I also have not seen signs about the open
house despite being at the Davis station multiple times this week. Despite being unable to
attend this evening, I would like to offer some general comments about the Purple Line, and
Obviously, some parts of the line, and some stations, are in better conditions than others.
My home is closest to the Davis Station, and my most frequent usage is to Linden (usually
twice per week) and to the Loop, although I have also made regular trips to other stations
along the line. While Davis and the termini are in seemingly very good condition, the other
stations along the line are in need of cleaning/freshening. I particularly feel that Dempster is
In terms of travel to the Loop, I would hate to think that the Express train would see reduced
hours as part of this vision. I will frequently go to town early, or stay later than necessary to
take the Express Purple Line train, as it is a considerable time saver, and a great benefit to
Evanston residents and Northwestern students.
I am quite impressed by the heaters available in the stations. I have not lived anywhere
where this much thought for the comfort of passengers was a part of public transit (despite
having lived in several Canadian cities whose climates are comparable to what I expect of
Chicagoland). I live a couple of blocks West of the line, and do hear the occasional train, but
overall am impressed by the noise-level. It is obvious that some of the retaining/ballasted
track is deteriorating (again, I think of areas around Dempster, and others where the Metra
line and CTA lines are immediately adjacent), but overall, my expectation of the area is that
the CTA is a part of the city, and will have an impact environmentally -- but one that is
In light of these comments, I presume this means that the intention is to do the work? As
noted above, in terms of my preferences, and environmental impact, I believe that the trains
are the best mode of transportation for getting around. We specifically came to the Chicago-
area above some others because we are able to live here without the worry of a car. Seeing
the system rejuvenated can only help to renew interest in riding the CTA. The only area I
see as a potential problem is that on weekends, and in the later evenings, there can be a
long-ish wait at Howard when switching lines. That is the only time I've ever felt insecure, as
maybe 3 or 4 stops? I love South, because I live near there -- but It might be most sensible to
have stops where there is parking if we are reducing?
I‘m sorry that I am not able to attend the open house workshop on the Purple Line
revitalization plan, but as a semi-regular user of the Purple Line and Red Line for commuting
to and from the city, I am excited at the opportunity for the remaining elevated stops along
the route to be upgraded and brought up to standard much like the main Davis Street stop.
My other concerns lie with the service on the Purple line. I would find it beneficial for later
Purple Line express service from the Loop downtown to Evanston. It seems that the last
express train through the Loop at approximately 7:20 is too early, given that a lot of people
work past 8:00 more downtown, and then have to take an extra long time to get home as
there are no more express trains. To that end, I think that Purple Line connections at Howard
need to be made more efficient and frequent particularly late at night. I often notice that
Yellow Line trains seems to come and go more frequently (It might help if train reversals
But beyond that, and this has little to do with Purple Line service as it has more to do with
CTA bus service that ends way too early in Evanston. When I am working late and have to
take the Red Line, if I don‘t make a Red Line train by 8:45 pm, I will miss my last connecting
bus at Davis St., which leaves on its last run at approximately 9:50 pm (the 93
California/Dodge). This is because the connection from the Red Line to the Purple Line at
Howard can be extremely long, and if you happen to miss by seconds a Purple line
connection because of northbound Red Line train backups into Howard, or some other
circumstance, you‘re out of luck if you don‘t live close to downtown or have a car parked
nearby. Really late at night, walking home from downtown Evanston can pose a personal
safety issue. I would prefer leaving my car at home and not driving, parking and paying
parking fees in downtown Evanston or Chicago, and rely more heavily on mass transit, but
I would also propose allowing Red Line trains to continue northbound from Howard through
Evanston to Linden (and back) during late night or overnight owl service hours, to even
replace the current N201 overnight bus service that replaced previous 24-hour Purple Line
service that was cut several years ago. By continuing the Red Line trains beyond Howard for
overnight service, it would at least eliminate standing and waiting (almost without end) on the
Howard platform (especially on cold, blustery winter nights) for a Purple Line train to arrive.
If we can‘t have Evanston CTA bus service that operates later than 10 pm (Pace does
operate up until midnight), why not make more use of the Red Line into Evanston during
those hours to serve those who work in late, or are going/returning from a late night out? It
The purple long Central train our dependency high priority for get us to use mass the
would go a line'sway to lessenstation should be on our cars and renovation because transit
hospital is right there and handicapped access is lacking. Please seriously take this into
consideration.
Before fixing up stations, you need to fix the bridges leading to those stations, and the tracks
between, so there aren't any "slow" sections.
1) CTA's North Main Line is a rare example of a four-track urban railway, allowing express
and local service. Unfortunately the capacity and service opportunities afforded by these
four tracks are now only utilized during the peak hours of the day. This is a great transit
resource that remains unused most of the time, despite the line's heavy off-peak ridership.
Hopefully the master plan for the line's upgrades will accommodate (when operating funding
permits, of course) expanded express operations. To make expanded express service more
effective for non-Evanston riders (which are most of the riders on this line), additional
express-local transfer stations (like CTA's existing Belmont and Fullerton stations) should be
added. Wilson is an obvious candidate location for an express-local transfer station, and
Loyola could be a good opportunity too (due to the university-generated traffic there and the
2) It is understood that station spacing on this line is too close by modern standards, but the
current station locations are all well-used and integral to their neighborhoods making station
closures unwise and inadvisable. Nevertheless, there may be creative ways to reduce
station stops while maintaining station entrance locations. For example, Lawrence and
Argyle stations could perhaps be consolidated into a single platform located half-way
between the two current stations. The new platform would be served by a north entrance at
Argyle (on the south side of the street) and a south entrance on Lawrence (on the north side
of the street). The distance between these new station entrances and the new shared
platform is sufficient to accommodate station access via ADA-compliant ramps, which would
also eliminate the need for elevators. The new station entrances and viaducts at Lawrence
and Argyle could feature mid-block crosswalks and also be designed to better accommodate
Our top priority is maintaining service at each of the Purple line stations in Evanston, and
maintaining the schedule for the Purple Line Express. We depend on this system to be
there. My sons are daily riders. To that end, safety is key, with the need for bridges and
tracks to be upgraded. We don't care as much about the beauty of the stations, but
accessibility is second after safety. Please don't skimp on these, and please keep all the
current stations open as much as possible. If you must close stations during the
My name is Eliza McNabb and I am the President of Kappa Alpha Theta at Northwestern
University. I recently heard that the CTA was considering canceling the Purple Line El service
that Northwestern students use to access Chicago and wanted to voice my strong opposition
to this decision. Northwestern students greatly benefit from our proximity to Chicago - our
ability to use resources in the city enriches our education. Furthermore, Evanston remains a
vibrant city in large part because it connects the Northshore and Chicago so seamlessly.
Without the El line that connection would be almost entirely severed. I hope you will
consider how much cutting this El line would impact the life of Evanston residents and
Is there an online resource to view the proposed purple line plans? I was unable to attend
last night's meeting. The public is invited to comment, but since I wasn't there in person, I
want to view the plans some other way in order to make an intelligent commentary
I'd love to see more stations built as user-friendly as Davis.
Digital signs that tell you when the next train is arriving are my favorite feature of Davis.
I suggest investigating if floor-based heating systems would be more energy-efficient than
the existing overhead heating systems (since heat rises, I suspect most of the heat
generated by existing heat lamps escapes upward).
Also, Japan's rail system has some great examples of enclosed climate-controlled platform
waiting areas (cooled in summer, heated in winter, push-button electric sliding doors for
entry/exit). This site has some great inspiration courtesy of the Tokyo subway system
I am looking forward to seeing more stations rebuilt like Addison/Wrigley Field was... the new
tracks are so much quieter and smoother than the old ones, the platforms much wider and
brighter, and the bridges much higher and less crumbly-looking, but I the entry/exit area
traffic flow design could be vastly improved in order to more smoothly handle the crush of
people after big Wrigley events... the lines of people waiting at ticket purchase machines are
I would love to see CTA start using modern high-capacity rail cars with side bench-style
seating, wide doors that won't hit passengers, more handholds from the ceiling bars, and a
smooth-shifting electronic transmission. They use these cars in Japan and Korea and they
feel a lot less cramped and crowded, they have a much smoother transmission system that is
much less jolting than CTA, and they sell advertising on in-car TVs that run weather, news
Tokyo station and the entire Tokyo subway system is a modern technological marvel. I
encourage the CTA to model busy Chicago stations after it (it would involve connecting CTA,
Metra, Bus and Taxi traffic into one central Chicago station hub with restaurants and retail
shopping underground). Davis station does this on a miniaturized scale in Evanston (taxi,
This is in response to newspaper publicity of feedback that CTA wants. I live near Bryn Mawr
Red Line and take that train daily. There has been some work done to improve the station
and I thank you for that. I would like to request your attention to few basic things that I feel
1. Elevator for stroller, baggage, wheel chair etc. I see many mom's lifting strollers with baby
down the stairs as that's the only way they can do unless somebody offers help.
2. Better communication system in place to inform train status. On small number
of occasions people are clueless as to when the next train will arrive after the lapse of normal
waiting time. On some days there are few announcement of general delays but not for
routine delays and the people need to keep peeking out their neck to see if the train is
Even in Mumbai, India, their equivalent of CTA (referred as Local Trains) have three
language announcements broadcasted independently from each station and for each train.
Informing the about next train on schedule, after the train arrives on platform or if there
is delay. This is in addition to big electronic displays at the each station entrances and on
each platforms and along with paper Time Table of schedules on display board on platforms.
The local train caters to about 100 stations and more than 2000 trains service run per day.
3. North end exit from platform has drippings from top, and people need to evade that while
coming onto road. I never exit with my visitors from there as it does not give good impression
4. There's lot of pigeon droppings in the same area and is smelly.
5. Bryn Mawr is considered a historic district, but the Red Line station does not have any
display of that in their premise.
My concerns are as always accessibility. I still think that Central Street on the purple line has
potential for a higher percentage of patrons using wheel chairs and scooters than most
stations. The #201 bus ride from Howard Street is quite hard on my wrists
I go to Wilson and Broadway once a week. The #36 bus ride from Granville to Leland is not
as bad as the ride to Evanston Hospital, but the Wilson to Leland is not as bad as the ride to
Evanston Hospital, but the Wilson Ave station would seem to be quite busy and a good
candidate for accessibility. I suspect that it will not be an easy one to make accessible.
How much longer is it going to take to get the elevators working at Belmont and Fullerton?
1. Obviously, 1st priority is to eliminate all slow zones on tracks 1, 4 on main line and in
2. To speed up Purple Line Express: in Loop, change Pink Line to outer loop, there are too
many trains on inner loop from Clark/Lake to Adams/Wabash. By routing Pink with Brown,
also give west side riders an easy way to get to Wells and Van Buren without having to go
 3. To speed up Red: return A and B express skip-stop service during rush hours between
Howard & Lake increase frequency of trains by adding cars from Blue line after new 5000s
debut in sufficient numbers. During 60s and 70s trains operated faster from Howard-Wilson
4. Prioritize station rebuildings as follows: Purple: Central, Main with accessible elevators;
Red: Morse, Bryn Mawr, Wilson then others as budget permits
5. There is a large bottleneck at Howard northbound in PM rush, use additional yard turn-
back tracks to speed up operations
As a user of the Purple line and a resident at Sherman plaza in Evanston, I believe it is
imperative that the line be restored to a proper level of maintenance and operations
The Purple line, as it stands now, is a disgrace. There are hundreds who depend on it every
day and I believe it needs the further investment of the city
Please do what you can to help re-invest in the future of the North shore, which includes a
vital Purple line and yellow line as well
Our office received a call today from Nellie John of 6444 N. Magnolia Ave. Ms. John does
Ms. have email, so I am submitting advised that water leaking down intoon her behalf. retail
not John would like the CTA to be her comments, with her permission, the station and
shops at the Red Line Loyola stop is a major problem and would like to see it fixed during the
renovations.
I wish the Purple Express would run more often. (I know I'd take the train more if it did.)
Can the purple line trains slow down at night ... after 10:00. The make a ton of noise if you
live by one.
Its nice to see that the bridges and walls are part of the repair! Just a thought but has
thought been given to have a higher wall that will go slightly above the tracks (or a sound wall
like at the Addison station)? This an elevator at thethe noise we hear andThe station is very
I hope you will consider installing can help reduce Morse Avenue stop. maybe the
near a senior citizens apartment building and the Rogers Park area is home to many, many
social agencies and groups.
I lived in Washington, D.C. for several years and they had a feature in the stations that I
found very useful. They had in each station a map of about a five or six block radius around
the station which showed public buildings, businesses and attractions. I bet the CTA could
convince local businesses to pay for a spot on the map for their location. I have seen these
maps at several of the Loop stations but would like to see them in the neighborhoods. Hey, it
We recently attended the Open House and provided CTA representatives with a letter. We
thought it might help if we sent you an electronic copy. The Northwestern Graduate Student
Association (GSA) include many daily commuters on the red and purple lines, and we believe
have a unique perspective on how to improve these transit lines. Thank you for your
Since the infrastructure is in need of repair/enhancement, would it be possible to consider a
relocation of the elevated Red/Purple rail lines to a subway system? Could the Red line
follow Broadway (as an example)? This would allow for the construction of new stations
without interruption to the existing stations, and the changeover could take place without
One point of access/egress is problematic, i.e. the Lawrence stop. One stair can be a
bottleneck, and it's also a safety issue--I have been at this station when "threatening" people
have been on the stairs, and there is no way in/out other than at this one point.
Lighting--poor lighting under existing viaducts and in the stations. The new Brown Line
lighting is much better, should be used as a lighting design standard.
Cleanliness! While I realize that it's difficult to maintain all stations all of the time, many of
the Red Line stations are filthy. A coat of paint won't solve the problems. The durable
surfaces used in the new Brown Line stations are functional and should be fairly easy to
maintain--the Red Line stations should have these materials installed as well. Also, hose
I would use the trains a lot more, and drive a lot less if the following options were available:
1. Purple train running all night -- once an hour would be fine. If I go dancing downtown, or
am working nights, I get stranded at Howard station on my way back, which does not feel
2. More purple trains running express to the loop -- one an hour, or even one every two hours
would be a huge help, making it possible to take the express train for a lunch meeting or
back to Evanston after dinner, and to get to and fro on the weekends.
3. It would also be nice if there were more benches. People would not mind waiting for trains
as much if they could sit down! Although they would cost more than concrete or wood slab
benches, fold-down seats would work well if one was concernedclose 3am on being taken up
I think the time on weekends should be extended. Most places about space the weekends
and it would definitely help if us college students did not have to drive back home from a late
night out.
This suggestion probably applies as well to other lines besides Purple Line. When a
passengerless train pulls into the Howard terminal station from the Yard, there is usually a
long delay (several minutes) before an engineer enters the train and opens the train's doors.
Even when the weather is freezing cold, passengers need to shiver outside, looking at the
warm seats through the window panes. Whatever the official reason for the delay, it suggests
an attitude of detachment and unconcern for the comfort of your customers on the part of the
CTA administration. You would gain a lot of goodwill (or at least eliminate a current source of
I wasn't able to attend the recent open houses on ways to improve the CTA in the Edgewater
neighborhood, but wanted to send an email about my family's needs. If I could have
attended, I would have liked to emphasize the need for an elevator at the Thorndale El stop.
I have two young children (1 1/2 and 4 years old) and trying to get a double stroller - plus the
two children - up the stairs is a nightmare! I know other families without cars in the same
situation. An elevator would be the single most important improvement that could be made
COMMENTS: I am a long time North-side and Evanston resident and CTA rider. I take the
Purple Line with frequency. I use the Purple Line Express trains often as well. I have some
suggestions for the rush hour Purple Line Express trains. There is a need for greater
frequency of Purple Line Express trains – at least in the evening. There are 4 Brown
(Kimball) Line trains for every Purple Line Express train. (Last night, in bitter cold, I waited
for a Purple Line Express at Fullerton, and counted 4 Kimball trains before I caught the
Purple line to Linden). FOUR Kimball trains before one Evanston Express! I wouldn‘t mind so
very much if there were 2 Brown Lines to 1 Purple Line. Especially since the Purple Line
SUGGESTIONS: If you would either increase the number of Purple Line Express trains at
rush hour, OR eliminate the Purple Line Express stops between Chicago Ave and Fullerton
(Sedgwick, Armitage, Diversey, Wellington, etc…) and include Purple Line Express stops at
Fullerton, Belmont, Loyola, and finally Howard St., service would improve and the CTA
would provide a more positive experience for the Purple Line Express riders.
I use the Purple line (and Red line at times) to get to my classes that I teach. at Columbia
College. I start at Main in Evanston and exit at Roosevelt. I am concerned with the lines
being diminished and some being cut completely. With the economy being where it is, using
public transit has made more and more sense. Gas and parking costs, plus lessening the
carbon footprint all factor in here.
Please keep the Purple Line running on its current schedule.
I am writing to show my support and strongly urge you to move forward expeditiously with the
renovation of the track and stations along the CTA Red and Purple Lines in the north part of
Renovations to the Red and Purple line track and stations are extremely important, long
overdue, and absolutely necessary for the access and mobility needs -- as well as the safety -
- of the individuals and communities these lines and stations serve.
The transportation infrastructure these tracks and stations comprise -- and rapid mass transit
generally -- are also absolutely critical for the continued vitality, health, and sustainability of
the City of Chicago, and the metropolitan region as a whole.
I hope that in the design, engineering, and construction of the stations, you consider mulit-
modal transportation -- i.e. facilities and treatments which promote the safety and
convenience of person accessing the stations by walking and by bicycling. Such facilities
and treatments would include bright, well-designed lighting; ADA accessibility; improvements
to nearby sidewalks, intersection designs, and landscaping; bicycle parking (preferably within
the secured area of the stations). One also hopes, of course, for striking, beautifully
The "L" system is one of Chicago and Chicagoland's greatest assets -- on par with the public
lakefront, the region's forest preserve systems, the region's commuter rail system, the City's
extensive network of alleys, and the City's and surrounding communities' strong commitment
to walkability and to travel by bicycle. These -- along with the cultural institutions of the area
to which they provide access -- are the true "Greats " of our little part of the planet! They are
why people are proud to say, "I'm from the Chicago area," as well as what convinces people
The investments we make in the continued maintenance and improvement to the Red and
Purple Lines, and in expanding the overall system, will pay very large dividends over time,
and help Chicago and the region remain economically, environmentally, and socially
sustainable as the population continues to grow, diversify, and age.
The Red and Purple Lines carry some of -- or perhaps THE -- largest passenger loads of the
whole CTA rail system. The stations are also some of the oldest and thus in the greatest
need of renovation, in order to ensure their safety and functional capacity. They serve
diverse communities and individuals who have very often chosen to live the place they do
Please do all you can to expedite the planned renovations to the Red and Purple Lines.
Please do all you can to ensure that the renovations are of high quality; improve the safety,
comfort and convenience of all users; and are made to last, improving the quality of life for
I live close to the Red Line the only problem that I have is that I am disabled and am unable
to to the stairs at the Berwyn and Bryn Mawh Red line stations. The Bryn Mawh station does
have a escalator but most of the time it is out of service which means I cannot take the train
I have to take the #36 Broadway Bus to wherever I plan to go. This is very inconvenient. A
lot of the times the operators of the Broadway Bus will not lower the ramp so that I can get on
the bus the same is true with the 151 Sheridan and the 147 Sheridan Express. We
desperately need to get these stations on the North Red Line renovated so that handicapped
and disabled people like me can take the train and not have to mess with the rude and nasty
I just received a message from an Evanston neighbor that the purple line may change. I
hope this does not mean service cutbacks. The purple line is a life line for me and many
others like me who need to get to Chicago for work.
Although I couldn't get to one of the meetings where the red line upgrades were discussed, I
did have a couple of concerns about the Loyola station: 1). On the northbound platform, you
have to walk past the escalator to get down the stairs when you exit. The space between the
tracks and the escalator is extremely narrow and frankly, frightening when you're walking with
a kid or a stroller and a train is coming in the opposite direction.
2). The stairs from the northbound platform are broken and dangerous.
The goal of the CTA should be to be faster than car transportation. Many times I can drive
into the city faster than taking the EL from Howard. Your goal should be to go from Howard
station to the Loop in 30 minutes. Many more people would take CTA if it felt faster.
Still too much door trouble and delays. Also, Berwyn El station needs an elevator. I use a
cane myself and am really daresome about those stairs which are old, watery and broken
Having traveled on the CTA since 1967, I would like it noted that the new improved stations
are not necessarily improved. Say all you want about the old stations, but they had charm
and although the walls and doors may be weathered and worn, there are walls and doors to
protect the waiting passengers from the cold, rain, wind, etc. The new stations leave you out
in the open and unprotected. --- might as well be a bus stop.
Sheridan Red Line Improvements: Painting/Refreshing Flooding
I have been a rider for over a year now on the Red Line starting my venture each working
week at the Sheridan Red Line station. I have noticed that if it rains this station floods.
Besides for the obvious cleaning up and refreshing of this station that is needed the flooding
has created a huge flood hole right above the main entrance ceiling. Wood has covered the
hole but the entire station needs a good painting and the issue with flooding needs to be
addressed. I have walked by the turnstiles with about 6 inches of water flowing around when
It was embarrassing to have a movie crew this past summer at this station because of its
current condition. The garbage/debris/homeless and pigeon population that accumulates
under the stairs on this station is alarming. It is a shame because the station does hold a
very original or classic look; time has made it unnoticeable. I am sure with these
improvements other vendors would be happy to develop their stores as well to increase the
I attended the Open House on December 1, 2009 regarding Red/Purple Line Vision Study.
First I have to say that the open house was welcomed as a way for the community to give
input. Here are some of my thoughts below. 1-Other cities base their train fare on the
distance traveled. I know that I won't use the el to go a couple of stops if I can walk. If the
fare was lower to go a short distance, maybe that would persuade some commuters to pay it
2-The Thorndale stop seems to be a waste. It takes extra time to make that stop but
maintaining the station costs money. There is not that much distance between Thorndale
and Granville. Perhaps the Thorndale station could be eliminated.
3-Again, there is not much distance between Lawrence and Wilson. Could the station be
moved to Montrose? With the new Target store going in, that could be a heavily used station
4-Regarding fares, if fares were lowered that might generate more riders. Again, I walk often
rather than pay for a bus or train. Raising fares, in my opinion, discourages people from
wanting to use the CTA and contributes to a negative impression of CTA. Increasing
ridership is a way to generate more revenue. I don't have other suggestions on how to do
that but I think it is worth exploring. Bring back the bonus when you add $20 to the Chicago
Card. Start a lottery so that once a day a certain number of commuters ride free--maybe
people will ride with the hope that they will be one of the lucky ones. Create a positive image
of CTA by making buses and trains more comfortable. Offer incentives to train operators,
5-Some of the station designs seem more elaborate than is necessary. Clean, safe, well lit
stations are all that is needed. Nothing fancy. Save some money and do simpler plans.
A great CTA is crucial to Chicago lowering carbon emissions and being green. I hope
whatever improvements come end the practice of northbound trains going express from
Wilson to Loyola. There is never a reasonable explanation given and is inconvenient to
those of us going to Granville. Overall, I truly appreciate the availability of public transit in our
See PDF in e-mail file
In general, I'm pleased with the progress that is being made with track improvements on the
redline. I would like to see them continue in order to make for smoother and more rapid
transit, especially between the Berwyn and Belmont stations. The stretch between Wilson
and Sheridan continues to slow; as a straight-away, it could be much faster.
Additionally, I look forward to upgrades of the stations I use at Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. The
improvements that are in progress at the Belmont, Fullerton, Chicago, and Grand stations
create a totally different and positive "feel" for the experience of using the CTA. While I don't
expect my stations (Bryn Mawr & Berwyn) to be upgraded to the same extent these more
central stations are, I would like to see appropriate improvements in their look and
While I suspect that safety is not in the perview of your project, I would like to make a plea
for increased vigilence on the trains in the evening hours. I recently witnessed gang activity
on a northbound train one weekday evening around 9:30. Many passengers, including
myself, got off the train to avoid an impending conflict between gangbangers. Of course, I
called 911 immediately. Still, I would have preferred not to have felt compelled to do
The new multi colored condo building at Bryn Mawr bounces the red line train/track noise all
the way to Sheridan. What can be done to reduce the noise?
The second column is labeled "Population w/in 1 mi.", however those numbers seem far too
low to be the population within a 1-mile radius of the station (which would be 3.14 square
miles), and even too low to be for a 1-square-mile area around the station. In the station
detail PDFs, each station is shown with a 1/4-mile radius on a context satellite image - should
the column in question actually be labeled "Population w/in 1/4 mi."? That would make more
sense. If not that, then what should be the correct label, as I'm quite certain the population
(1) Lengthen Evanston platforms. Passengers between Evanston/Wilmette and Chicago
should not need to change trains at Howard. Alternate Red Line trains should run thru to
Linden. Extending Evanston platforms to permit this is straightforward except at South
Boulevard, where outside platforms plus maintained TV monitors and cameras should solve
the problem. (Altho the Yellow Line isn't part of this study, trains which don't go to Linden
(2) Coordinate properly at Howard. Despite rebuilding of the station and yard in recent years,
trains are routinely delayed waiting to get into the terminal, and departing southbound during
peak hours. I have no idea why this problem persists, but a solution is essential.
(3) Control noise. Noise needs to be better controlled, which probably includes maintaining
rolling stock better than at present, and limiting the volume of public address systems.
Possibly some design improvements can also help.
(4) Provide station amenities. Every station should have a sheltered warming area and
sufficient seating for those who require it, as well as washrooms available to the public.
(5) Be realistic about Sheridan. I doubt that this station could be extended to accommodate
10 cars on a reasonably straight platform. Even track relocation, as at Fullerton and Belmont,
is impractical due to the curves. Rather than spend over $50 million (and perhaps invade a
(a) use technology (video and, perhaps, moving extensions) to accommodate 10-car trains;
(b) abandon the station;
(c) accept that the station will never handle 10 cars, and find an operational way to require
only       8 cars to be opened.
(6) Finance the stations from their benefits. Better transit service and facilities result in higher
values for nearby real estate. Therefore, means should be developed to make part of this
increase available to help pay for the costs of the improvements, whether thru a TIF, SSA, or
(7) Downscale the viaducts. There is no need to provide a two-lane viaduct on one-way
streets. A narrower span will make the rebuilding more affordable.
First, let me state that I am a believer in mass transit and am an advocate of the L. I live in
Evanston near the Dempster stop, and use the L to go downtown. So my familiarity is
However, being a mechanical engineer that has experienced newer transit systems in the US
and Europe, I see how behind-the-times Chicago is in this area. You may be able to put
lipstick on this pig, but "you can't shine shit" (as my dad would say).
1) Station Physical Condition - Oh God, where do I begin? I won't comment on the rundown,
urine-smelling condition of Dempster. I've always thought it odd how this station is situated.
I've had multiple people (wandering about Sherman Ave) ask me where it was. I suspect
we're stuck with the layout as it is, but it needs to stand out more. Not gaudy, but
'prominent'. Also, Is there a way to prevent the losers that ride the L from tossing their
2) Available Automobile Parking - The city and CTA (maybe RTA as well) need to put their
heads together, put everything on the table, and figure out how to get more parking out of
that area. There is a bunch of wasted space around there. Sherman Ave, in that area
COULD be made 1-way, thus making more parking available, but also resculpting some of
3) L Coach Wheel/Track Noise - The flats/imperfections on the coach wheels generates a lot
of noise. I live along the track, so I hear this day-in, and day-out. Then add the joints in the
rails to that, and you begin to wonder what's the maintenance shop doing? You can hear a
newly serviced coach. Do the wheels get out of repair due to the motorman JERKING the
throttle or brake? Or are the controls so out of date that the motorman MUST fight the
4) L Coach Ride - One thing I'm not a fan of is variances in speed. I notice this on the red line
(or Evanston express) between Howard & Belmont. Keep the speed steady. Jacking it up to
40 MPH (or whatever) is noisy as Hell, uncomfortable (bouncy) and the
5) Viaduct/Bridge Condition - Whether or not you ride the L, this is a most grievous situation.
Evanston was supposed to get 2 or 3 new viaducts HOW many years ago?!?!?!?! What is
the status of that? Putting up steel beams to shore up the crumbling viaducts is an
embarrassment to the CTA and city(s). My teeth clench every time I walk under the
Dempster viaduct. Sheridan & Hollywood elicit a similar reaction. Are we going to get any
new viaducts from the Economic Stim Pkg? How can we get the most amount of
viaducts done for the least amount of money without it looking like Chicago political favortism
is alive & well? You're gonna need 1 group (contractor/engineer/designer/supplier) to do a
number of these, not onesey-twosey. Church St & Main St both turned out NICE.
1. There are times that the train (red line going north) will suddenly run "express" and not let
people out for several stops. I have always found this to be confusing! Is this a standard
thing everyday from xx:xx time to xx:xx time, or is it done by discretion of the driver to hurry or
to make up time?? Garbled announcements really don't cut it, so:
A. Make the speaker system very clear with pre-recorded (non accented) audio to alert
passengers.
B. Signage should also support this - a flashing light that say's EXPRESS would really help!
On the Metro in Paris, late at night, the trains do also skip stops, but there are large boards
over the platforms which illuminate the course of the next coming train so you can get on the
train which is going to go express to where YOU want it to! It's a fine idea, just develop and
modernize the alerts and signage... PLEASE!!! It could and SHOULD be a luxury and
2. When traveling more complex routes that will take you on CTA L trains as well as Metra,
there should be a VERY clear and easy way to connect. Back home in Boston, you can go
from the "T" to the Purple Commuter line at specific stations - and you can do it while staying
inside at many places. True, the "L" and the Metra are different rails, but the transferring
should be made easy and clear to encourage people like me to forego the car and take
public transit all the way. Currently I find the Metra to be confusing, though I see that it runs
through our neighborhoods. I don't know how to get to it, how to pay for it, or very little else.
Wouldn't it create more business on the L to have people filtering FROM the Metra and
getting on L trains and busses to complete their journey? It should ALL be interconnected.
On L platforms, there is no info that I've ever seen about the Metra and how and where to
3. Add a train-tracker to the already available bus-tracker to make heading off to the L more
efficient. Stick a GPS in each train and connect it to your already up-and-running bus
tracking system. I would think that this could be done easily and relatively inexpensively,
We invented the Skyscraper here in Chicago, I am fully confident that you can enhance the
transit system so that other cities in the world will look to our system as the one that they
want to emulate. I'm sure it will be fantastic...
Due to the fact that bus service is limited in SW Evanston, I am in favor of building/reopening
a train stop at Dodge/Mulford for the Yellow Line from Dempster to Howard Street.
Is it too late to comment on the CTA red line? I have one statement/request regarding my
experience with the Red line. My husband and I ride the Red line almost daily from Morse to
our jobs at Columbia College Chicago. The PA system is almost always blaring at a very loud
and extremely uncomfortable volume. We escape to the enclosed seats at the front or back,
where the noise is at least slightly buffered, or try to change cars, but it is usually blaring in
the next car as well. The yelling of the PA recording is assaultive and unnecessary. Can the
CTA begin to monitor this more closely? I realize when the system was put in place there
Ms. no function installed be would enable each conductor to lower the volume on his/her
was would like the CTA tothat advised that water leaking down into the station and retail
shops at the Red Line Loyola stop is a major problem and would like to see it fixed during the
renovations.
I frequently ride the CTA Red Line from the Bryn Mawr stop to the Loop, and part of the
focus of the planning meetings should be to have a more comprehensive, efficient, and
faster rail network for users. I feel that the Red, Yellow, and Purple Line set-up is outdated,
and there exists a higher purpose for the quad set of tracks the north side (and the north side
The idea of the express train (Purple Line) to the Loop mirrors the current system used by
Metra where an express train from the far suburbs only stops at the first few stations and
then bypasses the others until it reaches downtown, thereby cutting commuter time. While
this is appropriate for far suburbs I think there is a better use of an express service for urban
I have included a map exhibit which shows the north side trunk lines. I have extended the
Red Line to Linden and rerouted the Purple Line to Skokie. The new Red Line would service
all of the previously non-express Purple Line stops north of Howard Station. From Howard
south, the Red Line would only serve the Loyola, Bryn Mawr, Wilson, Belmont, Fullerton and
then all the subway portions of stops to the Loop. These stops were selected based on data
The Purple Line would now service all stops from the Loop north to Howard where it would
divert to the former Yellow Line tracks to Skokie. In this scenario, the Purple Line would be
the new "local" service while the Red Line would be the new "express" service. late night,
when Purple Line (former Yellow line) shuts down, the Red Line could switch into local mode
and service all stops from Howard to Linden to the Loop, while the Brown Line would service
the southern elevated stations in the River North Area. Precedents for the "express" and
Two options for the red Line would be to remodel the Loyola, Bryn Mawr and Wilson stations
to replicate the setup of the Fullerton and Belmont stops and have the Red Line run on the
inside (express) tracks, while the remaining stations would need to be renovated to be
accessed from the outer tracks (Purple Line-local) similar to Wellington and Diversey stops.
The other option would be to renovate the Loyola, Bryn Mawr, and Wilson stops similar to
Belmont and Fullerton and to keep the existing setup for the rest of the stations and have the
Red Line (express) run on the outer tracks, and the Purple Line (local) run on the inner tracks
south until Belmont where the trains would need to switch tracks. Since the stations all need
to be updated, it may be easier to build new stations on the outer tracks while still operating
The reconfigured Red Line express would have one additional stop (10) than the current
Purple Line express has (9) and would offer riders the option to exit at the most used stations
on the north side instead of bypassing all stations from Belmont until Howard and it would
also eliminate the need for express trains to service less used Wellington, Diversey, and
Armitage stations. However, it would also still allow passengers who are used to using the
Purple and Brown Lines Belmont and south (local) to still access their trains to the Loop
This consolidation of transit lines would eliminate the Yellow Line as we know it, but provide
direct service to the Loop via the new Purple Line and also the Red Line would provide direct
service to the Loop from Linden. These adjustments would eliminate the need for a majority
of transfers at the Howard station and would have the potential to increase the service to
Skokie and Linden (current Yellow and Purple Line terminuses) making a system that seems
to have grown organically over time more efficient; providing improved travel times for some
I am xxx, a 29 year (long time) resident of Edgewater & the chair of the Edgewater
Sustainability Project of Edgewater Community Council. Our mission is to promote those
activities that will enable Edgewater to thrive during times when the economy and the climate
are changing and limitations on fossil fuels may occur. We see that a viable and affordable
mass transit system that serves the needs of the community is essential if we are to thrive
That mass transit becomes the first choice of Edgewater residents to get to work, shop and
get around the neighborhood
Working with the Chamber & Development Corporations to provide locate needed shopping
and local services in the Berwyn EL stop vicinity to make our community more functional and
efficient, and to create positive traffic to improve safety
The commercial Transit Oriented Development and we suggest that a cluster of government
offices - post offices, social security, city services, etc, also be located in the vicinity
Additional TOD at the Thorndale stop.
Keeping with the original design of either the Berwyn or Bryn mawr station while upgrading
and modernizing their features as was done with the Quincy stop downtown.
Our think it is important(improve) this system safe for use in all weather and functional to
We efforts to upgrade to: Make the stations
attract riders
To rebuild or redesign the viaducts
To have unmanned exits art the end of the platform as well as at the stations where useful
and possible
To have a circulator bus to facilitate the use of the system and its associated facilities by
residents from the western part of Edgewater
To use the large surface area of the station structureenvironmentally efficient design and
To follow USGBC recommendations for energy and for solar photovoltaic arrays
construction

To find a way to make public restrooms facilities available at the stations
To build it with sufficient flexibility to accommodate future needs and with materials and
To make the stations safe to use in all next 100 - 200 the new
craftsmanship to have it survive for theweather, unlike years skating rink AKA new
Fullerton Station
Our group focuses on making the community more sustainable , that it will be able to move
(persist, preserve) into the future with decreased energy and resources needs, and demands
on the environment. The Grandville EL station was built the year after I arrived. We
understand that it is on the list to be replaced -- after only 28 years. Is this planned
obsolescence or just poor planning? I have read that the upgrades to the Brown Line
stations were done in such a fashion that the maintenance costs will quickly grow, sapping
needed resources from the system. Some Roman aqueducts and bridges survive in Europe
after 2000 years. We don't expect that for the Red Line upgrades, but let's build it with
sufficient flexibility to accommodate future needs and with materials and craftsmanship to
It is my hope that future CTA stations offer recycling bins and bicycle rentals at stations.
For recycling bins, the CTA could initiate a recycling program fir waste sych as batteries cell
phones, CFL's, and mercury thermometers. It is my hope that the CTA could be a place to
drop-off these hard to recycle items. These items are small and easily carried which could
be placed in secured bins at CTA stations as part of my normal routine using the CTA.
CTA stations would be an appropriate place to have self-serve bicycle rentals, It would be an
attribute to get off the EL and take a bicycle back to my residence or place of interest.
I frequently ride the CTA Red Line from the Bryn Mawr stop to the Loop, and part of the
focus of the planning meetings should be to have a more comprehensive, efficient, and
faster rail network for users. I feel that the Red, Yellow, and Purple Line set-up is outdated,
and there exists a higher purpose for the quad set of tracks the north side (and the north side
The idea of the express train (Purple Line) to the Loop mirrors the current system used by
Metra where an express train from the far suburbs only stops at the first few stations and
then bypasses the others until it reaches downtown, thereby cutting commuter time. While
this is appropriate for far suburbs I think there is a better use of an express service for urban
I have included a map exhibit which shows the north side trunk lines. I have extended the
Red Line to Linden and rerouted the Purple Line to Skokie. The new Red Line would service
all of the previously non-express Purple Line stops north of Howard Station. From Howard
south, the Red Line would only serve the Loyola, Bryn Mawr, Wilson, Belmont, Fullerton and
then all the subway portions of stops to the Loop. These stops were selected based on data
The Purple Line would now service all stops from the Loop north to Howard where it would
divert to the former Yellow Line tracks to Skokie. In this scenario, the Purple Line would be
the new "local" service while the Red Line would be the new "express" service. late night,
when Purple Line (former Yellow line) shuts down, the Red Line could switch into local mode
and service all stops from Howard to Linden to the Loop, while the Brown Line would service
the southern elevated stations in the River North Area. Precedents for the "express" and
Two options for the red Line would be to remodel the Loyola, Bryn Mawr and Wilson stations
to replicate the setup of the Fullerton and Belmont stops and have the Red Line run on the
inside (express) tracks, while the remaining stations would need to be renovated to be
accessed from the outer tracks (Purple Line-local) similar to Wellington and Diversey stops.
The other option would be to renovate the Loyola, Bryn Mawr, and Wilson stops similar to
Belmont and Fullerton and to keep the existing setup for the rest of the stations and have the
Red Line (express) run on the outer tracks, and the Purple Line (local) run on the inner tracks
south until Belmont where the trains would need to switch tracks. Since the stations all need
to be updated, it may be easier to build new stations on the outer tracks while still operating
The reconfigured Red Line express would have one additional stop (10) than the current
Purple Line express has (9) and would offer riders the option to exit at the most used stations
on the north side instead of bypassing all stations from Belmont until Howard and it would
also eliminate the need for express trains to service less used Wellington, Diversey, and
Armitage stations. However, it would also still allow passengers who are used to using the
Purple and Brown Lines Belmont and south (local) to still access their trains to the Loop
This consolidation of transit lines would eliminate the Yellow Line as we know it, but provide
direct service to the Loop via the new Purple Line and also the Red Line would provide direct
service to the Loop from Linden. These adjustments would eliminate the need for a majority
of transfers at the Howard station and would have the potential to increase the service to
Skokie and Linden (current Yellow and Purple Line terminuses) making a system that seems
to have grown organically over time more efficient; providing improved travel times for some
It is my hope that future CTA stations offer recycling bins and bicycle rentals at stations.
For recycling bins, the CTA could initiate a recycling program fir waste sych as batteries cell
phones, CFL's, and mercury thermometers. It is my hope that the CTA could be a place to
drop-off these hard to recycle items. These items are small and easily carried which could
be placed in secured bins at CTA stations as part of my normal routine using the CTA.
CTA stations would be an appropriate place to have self-serve bicycle rentals, It would be an
attribute to get off the EL and take a bicycle back to my residence or place of interest.

								
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