After years of flying swiftly through town, the CTA’s Yellow Line trains may soon be stopping in south Evanston. City Council on May 24 approved a resolution funding an engineering study to evaluate the cost of constructing a station at one or more of three locations.
“It’s the most exciting thing,” said Alderman Ann Rainey, through whose Eighth Ward Yellow Line trains have passed without stopping for years. “This is a very important study, the next step, I think in our service to the City.” The City might see construction begin soon on a new station, she said.
A 2007 study identified, but did not choose between, three potential station sites: at Ridge, Asbury or Dodge avenues. Ald. Rainey said that when surveys of residents near the proposed sites were conducted, everyone wanted a stop. Costs make the Dodge Avenue site the most likely, she said, but a decision has not yet been made.
The station engineering feasibility study will be completed by the engineering firm Parsons Brinckeroff of Chicago at a cost of $275,000. The federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program will reimburse $220,000, with the remaining $55,000 coming from the Capital Improvement Program account.