WBEZ | South Boulevard http://www.wbez.org/tags/south-boulevard Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CTA considers closing stops on north lines http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-transit-authority/cta-considers-closing-stops-north-lines <p><div>The Chicago Transit Authority is considering <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/rpmproject/RPM_-_web_ScopingBook_redpurple_FTA.pdf">several options</a> for how to modernize its century-old Red and Purple Lines on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side and in Evanston, and this week officials revealed that some of those options would involve closing stations. In their stead, new entrances would be added to nearby stations.&nbsp;&ldquo;You would still have a station that would serve that area,&rdquo; said CTA spokesman Sheila Gregory. &ldquo;It would just be sort of reconfigured for modern times.&rdquo; Gregory said having fewer stations could reduce travel times.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The CTA is unveiling the six options and receiving feedback from residents at <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/">community meetings</a> this week.&nbsp;The proposals range from leaving the system as-is, to performing simple station repairs, to even taking portions of the elevated line below ground as a subway.&nbsp;Three options include closure of the Jarvis, Thorndale, and Lawrence stations on the Red Line; and the South Boulevard and Foster stations on the Purple Line.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alderman Joe Moore of Chicago's 49th Ward said he was blindsided by the fact that the CTA is even entertaining closing the Jarvis station.&nbsp;His ward office is located at that stop, as are stores and restaurants that have reinvigorated the area in recent years.&nbsp;&ldquo;If that El station closed, it could very well signal the demise of the Jarvis Square business district,&rdquo; said Moore.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>CTA officials said they'll consider community input gathered at meetings this week. A final decision could be a long way off, however. Gregory pointed out that the system still has no funding for the modernization project, which would cost roughly $4 billion. She said the CTA is laying the groundwork with planning now so it will be poised to apply for federal funding as it becomes available.&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-transit-authority/cta-considers-closing-stops-north-lines