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CTA seeks input on improvement projects

By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz

RedEye

8:28 AM CDT, October 11, 2012

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The CTA is hosting various meetings this week for riders to weigh in on upcoming projects.

>> On Thursday night, riders will get to see proposals to overhaul the Wilson station in Uptown. Work is expected to begin next year on the Red Line stop, the three-time winner of Going Public's Crust Station contest to dishonor the most disgusting CTA stop.

Construction is expected to continue into 2015. The station is expected to become a transfer station for Purple Line trains.

The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m., at Harry S. Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

>> On Monday night, the CTA is hosting another meeting about improving the 95th Street Red Line terminal. Major work on the station is expected to begin next year after the CTA closes the southern portion of the Red Line for five months to overhaul the track.

Construction is expected to last until 2016 or 2017. The CTA said in order for the Red Line to be extended beyond 95th Street, the agency needs to make these changes to the 95th Street station.

The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m., at West Pullman Library, 830 W. 119th St.

>> Next week, West Side riders can attend meetings about implementing bus-rapid transit along Ashland and Western Avenues. Bus-rapid transit is an express bus system that typically relies on bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority for buses.

A "light" version of this system will begin next month on Jeffery Boulevard on the South Side.

The area the CTA is studying on Ashland and Western Avenues is between Howard and 95th Street.

The CTA used to have express bus service on Ashland and Western Avenues that got eliminated in the 2010 service cuts.

The meetings will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Iglesia Rebano Church, 2435 W. Division St.; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave.; and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday at Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison St.