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.