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CTA station contest: Vote for the worst

  • "It goes without saying that the Wilson stop is the worst on the Red Line. It's shabby, dirty, and it's unsafe," Camille Ball wrote.
"It goes without saying that the Wilson stop is the worst on the Red…
August 12, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

Get ready to rail against your station--it's it's time to play the shame game. The fifth annual Going Public Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on crabby rider complaints is up and running.

Every summer GP solicits your suggestions for the CTA station most in need of a makeover. In the past, riders have submitted haikus, lengthy arguments and dirty pics to support their votes.

Your complaints have not gone unnoticed. The three-time winner of this contest, the Wilson Red Line station in Uptown, will get its face-lift next year.

The CTA is expected to soon announce the contractor for the Wilson overhaul, which will include transforming the station into a transfer stop for the Purple Line.

In past years, GP has named the winner based on total number of votes. This year, passion and creativity will be greater factors than vote tally.

Nominate stations based on four criteria: accessibility, amenities, cleanliness and customer service.

>> Amenities: Little bike parking? Few train trackers? No elevator?

>> Cleanliness: Overflowing garbage? Peeling paint? Sticky floor?

>> Customer service: Is the customer service agent catching shut-eye? Does the call button feel more like a stall button?

>> Accessibility: Do you have to stop traffic to get to your stop? Are the entrances closest to you closed?

Cast your vote! Use imagination for your station. Please submit your nomination to GP by 5 p.m Friday via email (tswartz@tribune.com), Twitter (@tracyswartz) or Facebook (facebook.com/theredeye).

Stationary

A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

This week: Foster Purple Line

School isn't in fall session yet for Northwestern, but the CTA has already started its homework. In May, the agency began a seven-month project to reduce the slow zones along the Purple Line. Construction on the section that includes the Foster stop is expected to last until October. This will be a big relief for Purple Line riders. About 28 percent of the Purple Line was under slow zone last month while Purple Line Express trains traveled 35 mph or slower on about 37 percent of its track in July, according to a map on the CTA's Web site. Let's just hope when this project is over, the CTA receives a good grade for its work.

Next up: Monroe Blue Line

tswartz@tribune.com

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