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Opinion: CTA Red Line extension is too expensive

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Opinion: CTA Red Line extension is too expensive

Years ago, the Metra Electric’s predecessor, the Illinois Central suburban service, operated what amounted to an independent rapid transit system south of 63rd Street. In a rational world, the Metra Electric city service would have been integrated with the el following public takeover, rendering the Red Line extension unnecessary.

It didn’t happen. City authorities never made any serious effort to use the Metra Electric to improve transit south of 95th or anywhere else. Instead, they’re about to spend an enormous sum building a duplicate line.

In the meantime, due to the lack of a low-cost transfer with the CTA and higher fares, Metra Electric city service withered. Today, except in Hyde Park and a couple of other places, few…

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