The City of Evanston is conducting an engineering feasibility study to identify a preferred alternative for an infill station (a station built on an existing passenger line to address demand in a location between existing stations) along the CTA Yellow Line (Skokie Swift) service in south Evanston at Dodge, Asbury or Ridge Avenue.
The first public meeting concerning a proposed infill station will be held on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Linden Room, Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. The purpose of the public meeting is to gather and consider community input for a new intermediate station.
The City of Evanston highly encourages residents to attend this important public transportation meeting. The City of Evanston will also offer an online survey available June 3, 2011. Further information about the project is available on the project website at www.evanstonyellowlinestation.org.
In July, 2007, the City of Evanston, in association with the Village of Skokie and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), completed the Skokie Swift North Shore Corridor Travel Market Analysis. In addition to identifying major travel patterns and markets that could support a line extension, the study also evaluated three potential new station locations in south Evanston at Dodge Avenue, Asbury Avenue and Ridge Avenue.
Historically, there were stations at each of these locations and other stops during the era of the Niles Center local rapid transit service (1925-1948). With the inception of the “Skokie Swift” demonstration project (from April 1964), and later as a permanent part of the CTA rail transit system (today known as the “Yellow Line”), there were no intermediate stations in order to reduce operating costs.
The study found that depending on location, a new station could expand the total number of work trips served by the Yellow Line by 25 to 45 percent and attract up to 1,000 riders per day, potentially more if the Yellow Line offered direct service to downtown Chicago.
However, no single station location was identified as clearly superior to the others based on the criteria. The study recommended that the relative costs of constructing a station at one or more of the locations be evaluated in an engineering feasibility study to provide clearer direction on a preferred station location(s).