Photo of a Metra train by Sam Dickey.
There are 5 stories from 8 sources in this edition of Grid Bits, all about transit.
CTA Red Line south track renewal project
The Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line south project to shut down 9 Red Line stations (Cermak-Chinatown to 95th) for five months in 2013 to replace 100% of track is generating uninformed controversy. The CTA will be holding at least 5 meetings across the south side to meet one-on-one with neighbors and community groups. The first meeting was Monday; the second meeting is tonight.
Coverage and commentary of the Red Line south project:
- The CTA’s South Side Problem by Woodlawn Wonder on the Chicago Now blog “I Hate My Developer”
- CTA plan ‘would not have happened on the Brown Line’ by Stefano Esposito in the Chicago Sun-Times (about Monday’s meeting)
- CTA’s first public meeting on Red Line closures draws a crowd, and complaints (photos) by Chicago Reporter on the Chicago Now blog “Chicago Muckrakers”
The CTA has posted an extremely detailed webpage dedicated to informing people about the project’s goals, alternative service, and why it chose to avoid a 4-year-long weekend-only shutdown to complete the same work.