The El is Broken: Here's How to Fix It

Editor Ed Zotti writes about the numerous challenges facing Chicago's El train, and details his proposal for fixing it, which includes adding much-needed service on the North Side.
March 27, 2011, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Ridership, meantime, is not a problem: Chicago's system is full of people, writes Zotti:

"Ridership on the trains has boomed in recent years. Last year almost 174 million people passed through the turnstiles, the most since 1967. (And in 1967 Chicago's population was 25 percent greater than it is today.) The city is becoming more dependent on trains and less on buses. Since 1992, weekday el ridership has increased nearly 25 percent, while bus ridership has dropped by roughly a sixth."

As the city prepares to modernize parts of the system, Zotti lists his tips for fixing the current problems.

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Published on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in The Chicago Reader
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