Chicagopcclcars wrote:Our main "resource" are a Democratic U.S. Senator and multiple Democratic Congressional Representatives who are looking out for the region's best interests in seeking funding for projects.
So, in other words, you're asking me to pay for it ... along with taxpayers across the entire nation. Since I'm paying for it shouldn't I get a say in the project?
Chicagopcclcars wrote:"Last time?.....three weeks ago. It's on a shortcut along east 93rd ST that I use to visit a fellow model railroader.
About the same for me ... although I was following the Cottage Grove route along the CN-IC (one of the lines I specifically pay too much attention to) which put me right under the proposed connection.
Chicagopcclcars wrote:But I will try and be more careful in my writings because you'll take an inch and run, run, run with it, LOL.
You still have not explained how a connection at 95th St and Cottage Grove would be easier than the Matteson connection. Are you conceding that point?
Chicagopcclcars wrote:In my mind that qualifies as "almost no ADA."
Again, we could take the money which would be spent extending the Red Line to four more stops, one near an existing ADA station on the MED, and convert several of the MED stations to ADA standards. At the end of the project Chicago would end up with more ADA stations overall.
As with other transit systems, the MED has upgraded stations based on ridership. For cost it would probably be easier to upgrade the BI stations at ground level. The flag stops between 63rd and 115th would be more expensive. But it could be done if those congress people directed their attention to the existing line.
Chicagopcclcars wrote:You first walk through a cave almost a 1/3 block long, called a viaduct or underpass by most, the city calls them a subway. Then you hike up the stairs enclosed in another cave-like passageway. Each one is a crime, a mugging, and robbery, beating, and rape waiting to happen. There are no lines of sight, you are completely isolated. There is almost no pedestrian traffic on the surrounding streets either.
Sounds like you are writing for the "do not visit" brochure. Stated the way you put it, perhaps those that don't live in the area are smarter than those who do!
Looking at the recent crime map for the area there is more going on near the UP alignment than the CN-IC. It seems that those "crimes waiting to happen" are still waiting to happen. That doesn't mean that I'd walk around the area after dark flashing cash or items that could be fenced. But that applies to everywhere near Chicago. One tries not to be stupid.
CTA has their share of crime at stations. Perhaps providing CTA stations in the neighborhood will just provide those criminals easier access to the rest of the city for only $2.25 per trip? Or attract more victims to travel west toward the UP alignment instead of east toward the CN-IC. The actual crime problems in that area are not the fault of MED and will not be solved by CTA rail. You certainly are not promising that the new CTA stations will be crime free, are you?
If crime at MED stations is a problem then we could take the money which would be spent on a Red Line extension and improve security along the MED. Building a new line with less stations over a mile away doesn't get rid of the viaducts.
Chicagopcclcars wrote:The MED mainline in this part of the city has outlived its usefulness completely.
The main line gets people from the suburbs to the loop quite nicely. And for those who live in the area and are aware of their surroundings the additional stops along the MED can shorten their walk home. The stations wouldn't be there if they were unused death traps. They serve a valid transportation use.