Man dies after hit by Red Line train near Loyola

By Pauline Lacson

A man died from severe injuries after being hit by a Red Line train near Loyola’s Lake Shore campus early Thursday, said police.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

A 27-year-old man was fatally struck this morning by an outbound CTA Red Line train in the Rogers Park neighborhood, authorities said.

The man was hit on the elevated tracks at about 1:20 a.m. just north of the Loyola station in the 1300 block of West Columbia Avenue, according to police and Chicago Transit Authority officials.

The Glenview man was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition and was pronounced dead there at 3:07 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

The train’s operator told authorities he spotted the man sitting on the railroad tracks. CTA officials shut down power to the tracks while officers investigated. Service was restored by 3:40 a.m.

CTA bus stops turn up the heat this winter

Red Line riders in Rogers Park can be comforted in knowing that additional heat shelters and benches will be installed this winter at the Jarvis, Morse and Loyola stops, according to Chicago Now’s CTA Tattler.

Citizens voted earlier this year in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process to fund the extra amenities. And Alderman Joe Moore has been working with the CTA to install them before winter hits. “People decided by their votes that these amenities were important to them,” said Alderman Moore. “It’s these little things that mean a lot.”

From the CTA’s perspective, “The process worked very well and as a result community members are able to get the specific improvements they want for all to benefit from on a daily basis,” said CTA President Richard Rodriguez. “The CTA very much appreciates the funding support provided to enhance its facilities.”

In the Participatory Budgeting project, 49th Ward citizens voted on how to spend about $1.3 million in so-called aldermanic “menu money.”

This is a great way to get new CTA amenities without busting the CTA’s budget. Other examples can be found at the Red Line Wilson station where a $3 million rehab is being funded through the Wilson Yard TIF.

- Cassie Sheppard

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