Today’s Headlines for Friday, June 24

  • Emanuel Interested in More Metra Electric Service — Cheaper Than Red Extension (Tribune)
  • Woman Stabbed to Death on Red Line Near 47th (ABC)
  • Police Cite Drivers for Not Stopping for Pedestrians In Multi-Neighborhood Sting (DNA)
  • City Council Finalizes Rules for Wrigley Field Plaza (DNA)
  • Argyle Shared Street Will Require Public to “Shift Perspective” (Chicagoist)
  • Alleys Make Chicago the “Alley Capital of America” (Reader))
  • Wavy Divvy: Bike-Share Cycle Recovered From Lake Michigan (DNA)
  • CTA Performer Not Afraid to ‘Panda’ to Riders’ Taste in Hip-Hop (DNA)

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  • david vartanoff

    Nice to see Rahm might actually think about using assets already in place or easily upgradeable. As to the supposed impediments, Cubic (ventra vendor) “Clipper” cards in the SF Bay Area handle distance based fares on BART (the subway) and zone fares on Caltrain–a clone of Metra diesel hauled trains w/ card readers on the platforms and occasional fare checkers on the trains.
    Restoring platforms at the 4 previous South Shore Line stations between Kensington and Hegewisch is cheap compared to any new ROW. Also worth doing would be the former MED station at 130th & Indiana giving CTA #34 riders a quicker ride north. A look at Google Earth shows the former station location w/a closed off area where the stairs down to the sidewalk once were.

    The major issue is finding operating funds to put the MED cars to work instead of sitting idle between AM and PM rush.

  • Chicagoan

    Is the idea to do to the Electric Line what was done in Evanston and Oak Park (CTA & Metra side by side)?

  • No. All passenger trains would run on the same set of tracks (although there’s extensive express trackage).

  • Chicagoan

    Does anyone know why the Brown and Red lines have been so horrid today? On a Red Line train to Howard Street and it’s been crawling in sections.

    Same issues in the AM.

  • david vartanoff

    MED has much unused capacity. RTA should be implementing ventra on all of the commuter trains. Once the readers for same are in place and the software installed, the RTA can stop paying ticket punchers. Random “challenges” are sufficient to enforce POP as is demonstrated daily on multiple transit systems worldwide including most US “light rail”.
    One of the major advantages then becomes using MED as the faster link between for instance a crosstown bus from home to either the L or a different bus to go further. Rider/taxpayers should have access to the best possible routing without paying multiple fares within the same service area. Go here to see Mike’s full project site
    http://www.grayline.20m.com/

  • Brian Sheehan

    If this were ever done, another thing I’d recommend are short eastward extension of the Red and Green Lines to reach the MED line – Red Line to Olive Harvey in the Bishop Ford median (with station complex at 99th and Cottage Grove), and Green Line to Dorchester/63rd, which would probably have to be underground to not piss off the neighbors.