Oak Park Entertains CTA Expansion Idea
By Soyoung Kwak in News on Apr 25, 2010 6:30PM
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Cole said studies by the Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) show that a high occupancy vehicle lane on the Eisenhower would provide space for an additional 9,000 cars a day, and said it would not yield any time savings, especially when the time consumed by pick-ups and drop-offs is added. By contrast, he said, a CTA extension would accommodate at least 28,000 riders a day.
This proposal is not totally popular, as some say that it is hard to predict how popular ridership would be. In addition, Ralph Kuner, a representative of the Citizens for Appropriate Transportation, said that there is no real pressing need for Blue Line expansion right now, keeping in mind the current state of the economy and job market. Although this sounds great for Oak Park and surrounding areas, the CTA should perhaps be more focused on and will probably be busy improving service along current routes for now.