Yup I did promise a post on the Red Line extension. This post was originally posted to The Sixth Ward blog on August 23, 2009. Of course there has been further updates since then and will be crossposted here. In addition some of the information here is out of date as there have been CTA and Pace bus service changes over the years. However, I do sincerely hope to be on the first run on the first day of service on the future extension.
The following pictures in this post were taken from the slideshow presentations of Red Line extension alternatives. Particularly the presentations you would have seen at either Woodson Library or Olive Harvey College on June 3 & 4, 2009.
example, if students at Julian & Corliss High Schools in addition
to Olive Harvey College may have to get off at 103rd Street to get to
their respective campuses. That could mean that the 103 bus may no
longer be routed to 95th and it'll just be an east-west bus between the
current 103 bus terminus at 104th & Pulaski and the current terminus
of the 106 bus at 103rd & Stony Island (well it's that bus barn on
I can only imagine that the 106 will be
eliminated especially if the 103 will no longer be routed to 95th
Street. If a bus rider had to go north on Michigan they would have to
change buses instead of being able to stay on the bus to ride North on
Michigan Avenue. Either way this routing should eliminate any concern
there might be regarding our young people from area schools or any other
traffic that comes into 95th on any given weekday.
since there are stations along the way I could see other routes being
changed such as the Pace 353 bus. If the route of the 353 bus could
terminate at the 115th Street stop instead of going to 95th. When that
happens King Drive south of 95th could lose their bus service.
Well I know I can't figure out all the possible changes and before anything should happen the extension has to be built first.