CTA Red Line Project Could Change the Edgewater Skyline
Nov27

CTA Red Line Project Could Change the Edgewater Skyline

The Chicago Transit Authority plans to start work next year rebuilding a mile of Red and Purple Line tracks on the north side between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr.  It’s the first phase of the agency’s “Red Ahead” rebuilding program on the north side. Doing so will bring more space to the platforms, better access for the handicapped, and increased opportunities for local real estate development. When the project is...

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Where the Bikes Are in Chicago
Nov07

Where the Bikes Are in Chicago

When the Chicago Department of Transportation started replacing the standard white stripe bicycle lanes with lanes painted florescent green, with their own medians, elevations, and traffic lights, it was something of a novelty.  Now these pedal priority paths are a part of everyday life guiding and protecting commuters, tourists, and delivery people around the city. If you’ve ever wondered which routes are the most pedaled, and...

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New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend
Sep05

New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority’s new Washington/Wabash L Station racked up oodles of likes, plus one’s, and shares over its inaugural weekend.  And that was in real life.  Social media folk liked it, too. In its first few hours of operation, reactions from the crowds of travelers eager to get a whiff of that new train station smell ranged from a star-struck “Oh, shiny!” to a fully suburban “Awesome!”...

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Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More
May25

Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More

Riverside Investment and Development has been selected by Amtrak to redevelop its property in Chicago’s West Loop, including the historic Chicago Union Station. In the decade-and-a-half that this blog has been chronicling Chicago’s built environment, Amtrak has put forward a series of increasingly ambitious plans for maximizing its real estate assets in downtown Chicago, which include the station’s...

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Work About to Start on 120-Year-Old Quincy L Station
Apr10

Work About to Start on 120-Year-Old Quincy L Station

The Chicago Transit Authority’s most historic elevated rail station is about to get a big renovation. The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the renovation of the Quincy/Wells station (220 South Wells Street), which serves the Brown, Purple, Orange, and Pink Lines. It’s also a transfer point for grabbing an Amtrak or Metra train out of Union Station, or a ride on certain long-distance bus lines....

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Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station
Jan09

Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station

Over the last ten years or so, the Chicago Transit Authority has embarked on a number of significant infrastructure improvements, from new trains, to new stations, to the Pink Line.  While it can be argued that the only reason this is happening is because the feds have been hauling dumptrucks full of money into Chicago that can only legally be spent on building things, not operations or personnel; it can’t be disputed that all...

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From Parking to Petunias? Market Makeover Proposed for Logan Square Blue Line Lot
Jan09

From Parking to Petunias? Market Makeover Proposed for Logan Square Blue Line Lot

The process of elevating Chicago’s surface parking lots to higher purposes continues not only in the downtown area, but also in the neighborhood commercial corridors. One of the more visible urban keystones being reconsidered is the parking lot adjacent to the Blue Line subway station in Logan Square. There’s been a lot of talk lately about building some kind of residential structure there dedicated entirely to affordable...

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Clark Junction Flyover a Go as CTA Gets Another $Billion for Red Line
Jan09

Clark Junction Flyover a Go as CTA Gets Another $Billion for Red Line

One of the Chicago Transit Authority’s most notorious bottlenecks is going to finally become uncorked.  According to Crain’s Chicago Business, President Obama has approved more than a billion dollars in upgrades for the CTA’s Red Line. Part of the money will go to reducing congestion at the L section where the Brown Line splits off from the Red and Puple Line tracks.  Red and Purple Line trains have to stop in their...

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Amtrak Honored For Union Station Renovations
Nov18

Amtrak Honored For Union Station Renovations

If you prowl the halls of Congress, you don’t hear a lot of good things said about Amtrak.  It’s a popular punching bag among beltway insiders who like to grips about money not spent in their districts.    But if you’re a regular Amtrak rider (3k miles this year for me), you’ve probably noticed that things are — slowly, but surely — getting better at America’s largest passenger railroad. One of those...

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CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs
Oct20

CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs

The Chicago Transit Authority continues to get improving marks when it comes to public sector architecture. For decades, the bus and train quango’s attention to design was… shall we say… less than inspired.  But that’s changed in recent years, starting with the 35th Street Red Line Station, the Morgan Orange/Pink Line station, then the Cermak Green Line Station, and finally the very ambitious Washington/Wabash...

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