CTA announces study to modernize Blue Line west branch

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By Community Editor

Courtesy village of Oak Park

The Chicago Transit Authority announced Thursday that it is planning a study to assess future needs for the Blue Line between the Clinton and Forest Park stations.

The study would launch a long-range planning strategy for serving customers with a modernized rail line and could stimulate new economic development along the Eisenhower Expressway, a statement from the CTA said. The study comes a crucial time as the Illinois Department of Transportation narrows its recommendations for changes to I-290 through Oak Park.

Local officials have long urged IDOT to consider expansion of the Blue Line as a better alternative to reducing congestion than simply building wider highways.

Click here to read the CTA news release.

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Posted: June 20th, 2013 4:39 PM

I'll be curious what they come up with and happy for any improvements, but I suspect those village officials infatuated with the Blue Line have never actually ridden it. Getting to the stations, waiting on the platform, and riding down the Ike canyon is a bleak, dehumanizing way to start and end your day. Like the well-intentioned but dehumanizing housing projects, I'm not sure there's a fix or a reason to expand it. The Green Line may pass thru some rough areas but at least has a human scale.


Posted: June 20th, 2013 3:59 PM

If they do decide to expand the Blue Line westward (which I'm for), where are they going to get the land? Folks are already scoffing at adding two lanes to I-290. Accomodating CTA Rail would require adding 3-4 additional "lanes" on top of that to the existing corridor. The old Blue Line From Des Plaines to Bellwood is now a prairie path. How far west do you go? Oak Brook Mall (via I88/Roosevelt)? And does Oak Brook want it?

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