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What Can Metra Do Better in Evanston?

The commuter rail system will be holding a public input session in Evanston this Wednesday.

Evanston residents have the opportunity to share their opinions on Metra service this Wednesday, when the agency holds a public input meeting.

As part of its effort to develop a strategic plan, Metra will be holding a series of meetings throughout the suburbs this summer. The open houses are designed to gather feedback on Metra's mission and values, according to the agency's website.

"In this time of limited transportation funding, it is especially important that our plans accurately consider the projects and direction desired by the public and key stakeholders," reads a statement about the open houses on the agency's website.

Regional rail commuters from around the north suburbs are invited to the open house in Evanston, which takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the Parasol Room on the fourth floor of the . 

"Chicago already has a plan in the works and under way, and I am happy that they are holding this open house here in Evanston," fourth ward Ald. Donald Wilson said in a press release from the city. "I highly encourage residents and riders alike to participate."

Riders who can't make the forum but would still like to share their feedback can do so through August 10 via Metra's online survey.

Bob Piron July 17, 2012 at 04:07 PM
My main concern about ALL of our train routs is the low viaduct hights! Back in 1995 when the Main street "L" viaduct was replaced, it struck me that we were missing a once in a hundred year oppertunity to do something to raise the viaduct height to allow truck traffic into east Evanston. Any one who has had to deal with any type of delivery to a residence or business knows how difficult it can be to get a tall truck east of the tracks. I spent 6 years on the board of directors for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce where I brought up the issue to start raising the viaduvts one by one as they were being replaced. It fell on deaf ears. I had also spoken to some Alderman, now no longer serving, who all thought it a great idea, but did nothing. We may have lost the oppertunity to raise the "L" tracks but maybe we can start with the deteriorating Metra tracks. It will be one hundred years before we can open up commerce in East Evanston. Lets take a serious look at this while we still can.
Dawn July 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Viaduct condition. Viaduct condition. Viaduct condition. Viaduct condition. And height. For economic as stated above, as well as safety & aesthetic reasons. Especially with the new CTA bridges, the contrast in condition is appalling.
Claire July 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Agree on the viaducts - The worst is the viaduct at Dempster St. and Sherman Ave. The viaduct and retaining wall are broken and crumbling. The stairs from the old Dempster St. Metra stop are still present, so kids often climb up to the tracks. It's unsafe and a huge eyesore for everyone coming into Evanston from I-94 and I-294. The new Dempster St. CTA viaduct looks great and unfortunately makes the Metra viaduct next to it look much worse now by comparison.

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