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  • "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 19, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

No, Cubs, no.

Though the Cubs adopted the Sheridan stop in Uptown eight years ago, this station isn't a hit among fans on gameday. Some fans would rather wait in long lines just to get into the Addison station in Wrigleyville after the game than walk a few more blocks to the Sheridan stop, the lovable loser of the two stations.

But don't worry, Sheridan, you've managed to beat the Addison stop in one contest: Going Public's fifth annual Crust Station contest to honor the worst CTA rail station based on rider crabbiness. Sheridan won for its dinginess, narrow platforms and lack of accessibility for riders with disabilities.

"[Sheridan] floods when it rains even moderately; the platform is made of wood that's really slippery when it freezes or gets a coat of frost; and the overall feel of the station is dirty," wrote Steffany Amacher, 28, of the South Loop. "The stairwells are very narrow, allowing for only one direction of traffic."

Dagny Kight of Edgewater seconded the stairs complaint— "disgusting and scary."

The CTA and city officials are aware of the challenges Sheridan faces.

Last year, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) included a "commitment to restore" the Sheridan stop in his wishlist during negotiations to expand Wrigley Field.

The CTA, too, has targeted the stop for renovation, though there's no timetable for this work.

Perhaps a facelift will help draw fans away from the too-crowded Addison stop on gameday. Take the June 7 Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Addison stop saw about 15,200 entries at that stop that day, about 8,000 more entries than it recorded the previous day when there was no Cubs game, according to CTA data.

Meanwhile, the Sheridan stop saw about 500 more entries on gameday than the day before.

It's time to make more Chicagoans and visitors a fan of this station.

Stationary

A weekly dispatch from a CTA station of note

This week: Monroe Blue Line

Well hello, Mr. Popular. In a year that has seen declining CTA ridership compared to 2012, this Loop stop has seen significant growth—8.5 percent this year through June, compared to the first six months of 2012. The growth is one of the highest rail increases not tied to a Red Line construction project. But there are some growing pains. Although the station has been visited by the Renew Crew, which deep cleans and fixes stops, there are still the dirty walls and peeling paint and dim lighting that have come to define Blue Line subway stops. This hotspot could use another gussyup.

Next up: Main Purple Line

tswartz@tribune.com

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