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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

TRANS, congestion on Eisenhower & Blue Line

In today's column (Forest Park Review) I discuss possible changes to the Blue Line.

The underlying problem is that Oak Park's intransigence on widening the Eisenhower has created traffic congestion which diminishes the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people in the West Side and west 'burbs.

If Oak Park can politically block the feds grabbing the land through eminent domain then there a few options.

1. Reroute the Blue Line to Roosevelt.
2. Narrow the Blue Line by putting eastbound and westbound trains on tracks on top of each other.
3. Cap the Eisenhower as part of widening it.
4. (Not discussed in article) Bribe Oak Park with payment to compensate the village for lost property tax revenue caused by widening the trench.


  • This would solve the problem: Pave Oak Park

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 PM, August 05, 2006  

  • Refer to the anonymous comment above as "Pave Oak Park". I won't delete it, but future comments in this discussion under "anonymous" will be deleted. Use a pseudonym, please.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 2:49 PM, August 05, 2006  

  • Having just read your article and noticed that you missed something.

    290 doesn't pick up a fourth lane until almost Wolf Rd. on the western end.

    What would you say to the people who will now be living with a train running outside their windows? Also what about the construction that would cause traffic nightmares for who knows how long?

    By Anonymous OPresident, at 10:42 AM, September 08, 2006  

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