Today’s Headlines for Thursday, December 15

  • Op-Ed: If Trump Expands TIFIA Program, It Could Be a Boon for Chicago (Crain’s)
  • 31st St. Route Is Only Getting Half of Desired Ridership, Advocates Ask for Longer Hours (DNA)
  • Lincoln Bus Pilot Is Extended 6 Months, CTA Says More Marketing Needed (DNA)
  • Irving Park, Addison Blue Line Stations to Get New Public Art (Sun-Times)
  • Investigator: Man Was Driving 100 MPH Befor Fatal West Chicago Crash (Herald)
  • Suburban Man Accused of Road Rage, Pointing a Gun at Another Driver on Kennedy (DNA)
  • Uber Is Named Metra’s Official Ride-Share Partner, Lyft Expands (Tribune)
  • A Month After Fare Increase, Metra Gives CEO a $28K Raise (Tribune)
  • TOD With 120 Units, 14 Spots Proposed for Sherid/Dakin in Lakeview (Curbed)
  • Don’t Stiff the Working Stiffs Delivering Food by Bike Through the Stiff Freeze (Chicagoist)
  • MPC Staffers Recommend Transpo & Planning Themed Holiday Gifts
  • A Walk on the Biographical Side: Transpo Reporter Wisniewski Publishes a Book on Algren (DNA)

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  • what_eva

    Is there anything in the RPM project that will smooth the curve of the L tracks at Sheridan and if so, does this Sheridan/Dakin TOD cause any problems for that?

    Given that the flyover just north of Belmont is going to knock out at least one build that is from the mid-to-late 90s, I don’t trust that CTA would actually say anything, so do we end up with a worse routing of the L tracks because someone built a brand new TOD?

  • what_eva

    Lincoln bus is getting extended, but same stupid hours. CTA claims “that’s what the neighborhood wants”. um, no, we’d like something useful for morning commutes as well as evening and we’d like weekends.

  • ardecila

    In theory, the RPM project will smooth out the curve at some undetermined date in the future. It’s a planners’ wishlist item. In reality, CTA has conducted the planning for all of RPM in such a half-assed way that there is no firm plan, no firm alignment, and no idea about which properties (if any) will need to be condemned. In the meantime, desirable neighborhoods around the train line will continue to evolve. Fortunately the Sheridan/Dakin project will be rentals, so there’s only one owner to deal with.

    Ideally there would be a strategic vision for the entire corridor from Belmont to Howard, but all we’ve gotten out of CTA is vague generalities, followed by a very specific plan for the Clark Flyover and the Lawrence-Bryn Mawr segment. They haven’t even officially committed to an express-local service plan, so we could be building an uber-expensive four-track corridor all for the benefit of a few lucky Evanstonians at rush hour who could just as easily hop a Metra.

    Those “vague generalities” referred to an Irving Park station instead of a Sheridan station, so I’m guessing planners have some idea about moving the station to the north side of Irving Park and then making a wider-radius curve, maybe only using the properties between Irving Park and the current alignment.

  • Kevin M

    I don’t think the RPM project scope includes realignment work to the Sheridan turn. Further, I’m doubtful that is high on their list, as the station there (Sheridan) sort of excuses the slow turn speed


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