Today’s Headlines for Friday, July 1

  • Members of Disabled Community Angry That Ride-Share Law Doesn’t Require Accessibility (DNA)
  • Man Who Tried to Assault a Female Cyclist in Bridgeport Tried Again in Douglas (Trib, Sun-Times)
  • New Uber App Tracks Whether Drivers Are Speeding (Sun-Times)
  • Brown Line Service Resumes After Suspicious Package Investigation (Sun-Times)
  • Help Decide How the Cortland/Ashland Viaduct Will Be Made Over With Online Survey (DNA)
  • Lowered License Fee Means We May See More Produce Carts in Neighborhoods (DNA)
  • July Events on the Lakefront Trail (Active Trans)
  • Active Trans Will Host Meeting for Families of Crash Victims on 7/27

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  • Chicagoan

    I once used the Ashland Ave./Cortland St. viaduct every day to get to work and it’s awful, but there’s so much bus/car/pedestrian/train traffic, a lot of potential.

    My wish list:

    -Complete renovation of the Clybourn Metra Station, with a name change of the station to Bucktown included.

    ^ The station services the Union Pacific North and Union Pacific Northwest lines, it should be a great station, let’s make it so. Also, the “Bucktown” name puts it in line with the preceding “Ravenswood” and “Rogers Park” stations. This stop has a puzzling name, let’s have it fall in line.

    -Improved lighting. Also, I saw somebody on the survey page mention cladding the walls of the viaduct in durable tiles. I’m just not sure a mural would be great because there’s so much dirt and soot in the viaduct, but something to make it more pleasant for pedestrians sounds nice.

    -Improved infrastructure (so much shoddy concrete) and use of the land.

    ^ For example, underneath the Kennedy Expressway, there’s some fenced-off parking. Why not have Metra users who park-and-ride use that lot, then have the small parking at the station put to some better use. This area has a lot of potential, I think.