Last year, our very own Rogers Park Facebook page was credited by CBS 2 for breaking news before the Chicago Transit Authority officially unveiled six alternate proposals for the Red and Purple Modernization project, of which three include the permanent closure of several stations: Jarvis, Thorndale, Lawrence on the Red Line and Foster, South on the Purple Line.
There was a major public outcry. 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore remembered reactions in his neighborhood, “Over 250 Rogers Park residents turned out in force to oppose the closing of the Jarvis station and hundreds of others flooded the CTA with letters and e-mails opposing the station closing.”
Despite efforts to calm customers that these were “just ideas,” the schemes are still officially on the table.
Jarvis CTA Red Line Station may be closed permanently in several alternate proposals for the Red and Purple Modernization project. Photo by Wikipedia user JeremyA.
The CTA told WBBM last year that it hopes to settle on a plan and seek construction money of up to $4.2 billion in the next federal surface transportation bill, which is expected later this year.
ALDERMAN MOORE WANTS PUBLIC TO COME OUT
At the meetings, (read the flyer invitation) the CTA will present updates to the Environmental Impact Statement process, provide additional information about RPM, and ask for more feedback from residents, workers and neighborhood businesses affected by the project.
Alderman Moore is calling all CTA users to come out to the meetings to reinforce opposition raised last year of station closures. The Rogers Park city council member told constituents, “The CTA was quick to emphasize the proposals were merely ideas and no official plans to close the station were in the works. Though this is still true, it’s important to note the CTA has not officially rejected the ideas that contemplate closing [stations]. I urge you to attend one of the update meetings to reaffirm our community’s strong opposition to any idea, plan or proposal that calls for the closing of [stations].”
Lawrence CTA Red Line Station may be closed permanently in several alternate proposals for the Red and Purple Modernization project. To make up for the loss of the station, proposals include the creation of new entrances at adjacent stations. Photo by Wikipedia user moonrat42.