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Red line trains to bypass stops

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 22, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Red Line trains going north to Howard will bypass Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse, and Jarvis stations this weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday March 22 to 2:00 a.m. Monday, March 24.

As a result of construction work, there are also parking restrictions on Farwell and Glenwood.

Alderman Joe Moore sent out details in an email:

Dear Neighbor,

As a result of construction work on the new traction power substation at Farwell and Glenwood, Red Line trains heading north to Howard will bypass the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse, and Jarvis stations this weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22nd, to 2:00 a.m. Monday, March 24th.

If you wish to travel north from these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn and transfer to a Howard-bound train. If you wish to travel to these stations from points south, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

In addition, the following street and parking restrictions will be enforced from 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 21st, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24th:

• Farwell will be closed from southbound Glenwood (west of the tracks) to Wayne.
• Two-way traffic will be allowed on Farwell from Greenview to Glenwood.
• Southbound Glenwood will be closed to local traffic only from Morse to Farwell.
• Southbound Glenwood will be closed from Farwell to Pratt.
• Parking will be prohibited on the north side of Farwell from Greenview to Glenwood.
• Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Farwell from Glenwood to Wayne.
• Parking will be prohibited on southbound Glenwood from Morse to Pratt.

Finally, construction noise, including the sounding of horns, will take place periodically throughout the weekend in the vicinity of Farwell and Glenwood.  

The work is taking place this weekend to minimize disruption to rush hour commuters during the weekday.

The new substation is designed to boost the electrical power on the tracks, which will help increase train speed and service reliability and reduce “slow zones” on the far north Red Line.  For more information on the substation project, CLICK HERE.

As always, if major changes in the work plan or schedule occur, I will let you know immediately through my electronic newsletter and postings on my Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA’s Government and Community Relations Officer, at jwilson@transitchicago.com.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

 

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Train derailment causes delays on Red Line

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on January 7, 2014

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A train derailment Tuesday afternoon on the CTA’s Yellow Line is causing “significant delays” on the Yellow and Red Lines, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

There were no reported injuries.

A southbound Yellow Line train derailed near the Howard station in Rogers Park at about 2:10 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

The CTA website listed the derailment as the cause of “significant” delays on the Red Line, which connects with the Yellow at the Howard station. Purple line trains that also connect there could also be affected, the Sun-Times reports.

The incident could affect the commute of Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff riding the Red Line between the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and the Water Tower Campus downtown.

Click here for the complete Sun-Times story: DERAIL

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Buddha faces set to occupy Rogers Park

Posted by gjohnson7 on October 28, 2012

A Buddha Face on Sheridan.
Photo by Gabe Johnson.

By Gabe Johnson

Ten Thousand Ripples, a  Chicago non-profit, has plans to place several large Buddha face sculptures across Rogers Park over the course of the next few weeks in order  to promote peace and nonviolence.

Changing Worlds, a Chicago educational arts organization, has partnered with local artist Indira Johnson to create the masks which will be placed in neighborhoods across Chicago, including Rogers Park, within the coming months.

Christopher Skrable, 39,  is the service-learning program manager at Loyola University Chicago and a member of the advisory council for the project.

“To me, the main goal of Ten Thousand Ripples is to provide a meaningful, innovative, and multi-modal platform for Chicago residents to reflect and converse about peace, nonviolence, spirituality, and our personal and collective potential to create a more beautiful world.”   Skrable said.

Skrable also believes that the project will have a positive impact on the Loyola community.

“It is my hope that engaging with the project’s images will encourage students to think about what they can do to make our local communities and their home communities more peaceful places…and, having thought about it, that they will be inspired to act that vision into reality.” Skrable said.

Rachel Roesner, 20, a junior biology major at Loyola, is also assisting with the project and excited about how the project has enabled her to become more in touch with the community.

“What I like most about Ten Thousand Ripples in Rogers Park are the people I have met,” Roesner said. “Being a Loyola student, my interactions mostly consist of students, professors and strangers on the street, but after my involvement with Ten Thousand Ripples, I have met many different people in my community who are all passionate and interested in promoting peace and nonviolence in the Rogers Park community.”

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Loyola students on board for Wilson L station improvements

Posted by Jessica Peker on October 23, 2012

CTA rendering of new Wilson Station

By Jessica Peker

Loyola University Chicago students will have more commuting options thanks to the Chicago Transit Authority’s  plans to completely renovate the Wilson Avenue L station.

An artist’s rendered photo, published by The Chicago Tribune, shows what the newly constructed stop will look like: a much more modernized L station, vastly different than what exists there now.

Currently, the Wilson stop is most frequently used by Loyola University Chicago students living in Rogers Park to go to Target, which is located just one block north of the station.

“I think that this construction is important because many students use the Wilson stop when going to Target, and, right now, that stop can seem a little unsafe,” said Emily Katz, a 19-year-old sophomore anthropology major.

As the Uptown neighborhood, where the Wilson Avenue stop is located, is often known for its high crime rate, CTA renovations could bring about another positive aspect, aside from just providing more pleasing aesthetics.

“I think that this construction will also make the station more safe,” Katz said.

In addition to elevators and full glass and steel constructs, the CTA will also be adding a dual platform in order to allow for the Purple Line to stop at Wilson Avenue. Construction is slatred to begin next year.

“I was very excited at the thought of how convenient it will now be for me to travel to certain neighborhoods,” said John Conway, a 22-year-old senior majoring in psychology.

While a majority of Loyola students live closer to the Rogers Park campus, it isn’t uncommon for upperclassmen to find housing further south, often times between Loyola’s Rogers Park and Water Tower Campuses.

“For someone like myself who lives downtown, getting to Evanston requires that I take almost every stop of the Red Line north to Howard before transferring to the Purple Line,” Conway said.

The option to transfer to the Purple Line at Wilson could provide a large time-saving service for northbound travelers.

“This would most certainly eliminate at least a half hour of travel time that it normally takes me to get to Evanston,” Conway said.

Despite the positive reactions, there are students who express concerns regarding the potential travel delays during construction, as well as what other benefits, if any, will exist with these changes.

The CTA will hold public meetings to share more details and information regarding the planned renovations.

“I do like that they are holding a meeting to generate ideas and concerns from local residents and business owners,” said Kelly Silay, a 22-year-old in her first year of Loyola’s Master’s in Social Work program.

“I hope they truly listen to the public and make them a significant part of the development of this project.”

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Loyola gathers to remember deceased student

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on September 18, 2012

Memorial for John Versnel.
Photo by Kevin Gottlieb

By Kevin Gottlieb

Members of the Loyola University Chicago community gathered for a memorial service Monday evening to pay tribute to a student who died over the weekend.

John Versnel IV, 21, a senior and mathematics major, passed away early Saturday when he fell onto an electrified rail at the Loyola Red Line station.

Approximately 300 people attended the service, located in Madonna della Strada Chapel on the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Patrick Dorsey, S.J. conducted the ceremony and offered words of remembrance about Versnel, his joy, and his high level of participation on campus.

“It is never easy when a loved one passes. John loved life,” Dorsey said. “He loved to play lacrosse, he was heavily involved in the mathematics department and he was very close to the Ultimate Frisbee team.”

Anthony Giaquinto, professor and chairman of Loyola’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, told the crowd about Versnel’s academic achievements.

“John’s desire to explore was wonderful. He had a vibrant, positive attitude and worked vigorously,” Giaquinto said. “His work will be published and bear his name.”

James Ferrell, Versnel’s roommate, lamented his friend’s early passing, an emotion shared by many students at the service.

“Not having John anymore sucks,” Ferrell said. “It’s not fair. It hurts.”

Jack Gibbons, another friend of Versnel’s, told those in attendance of the great impact that Versnel made in his life.

“I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had never met John,” Gibbons said.

Steven Patske, 21, a junior majoring in theology and philosophy, was very touched by the service.

“This is a good chance to step back to see the vulnerability of life and appreciate the ones you have. The memorial was beyond moving. [Loyola] has so many cliché branding words to describe the school, but tonight ‘community’ hit home for me,” said Patske at the reception held after in McCormick Lounge. “John’s a guy that people knew and loved.”

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Rogers Park Red Line robbery suspect arrested

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on September 4, 2012

A man accused of robbing a Red Line passenger at knife point in Rogers Park was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery.

Here is a portion of the Chicago Tribune story:

Sherman Wilson, 55, of the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue, brandished a silver knife on the Red Line headed toward Howard Street, demanding that a rider hand over his wallet, cellphone and watch, authorities said. Wilson struggled with the victim, pushing him to the ground and taking his watch, prosecutors said.

Wilson was arrested Thursday when a Chicago Transit Authority security guard recognized him from surveillance video of the Red Line attack, prosecutors said. Sherman was arrested at the Jarvis Avenue station in Rogers Park. Chicago Police Department News Affairs did not have information about when the robbery occurred.

Wilson was charged with felony armed robbery and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Read the entire Tribune story here: RED LINE

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Loyola hosts meeting to discuss Red Line development plans

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 30, 2012

By Sabine Schramm

Loyola University Chicago is hosting a community meeting Monday night with Alderman Joe Moore to discuss two development proposals near the Loyola Red Line L station in Rogers Park.

The meet is schedule for  7 p.m. at Centennial Forum, Bremner Lounge, 1125 W. Loyola (at Sheridan).

The first proposal calls for the demolition of the vacant one story building immediately north of the Loyola “L” station that once housed a McDonald’s and a Harris Bank facility.  In its place, Loyola and the CTA will construct a plaza and renovate the facade of the “L” station.

The second proposal by Loyola calls for the demolition of the vacant one-story building that once housed Beck’s Book store.  In its place, the university proposes the construction of a four-story, mixed-use building with 41 one-bedroom apartments over approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space.  Six parking spaces will be located behind the building and an additional 25 parking spaces will be reserved for the building on the surface parking lot immediately to the west.

Here are details of the proposals from Moore’s office:

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing to invite you to attend a community meeting to review two development proposals–one by Loyola University and the Chicago Transit Authority and the other by Loyola University itself–for property located immediately north of the entrance to the Loyola “L” station on Sheridan Road.  The meeting will take place on Monday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m., at Centennial Forum, Bremner Lounge, 1125 W. Loyola (at Sheridan).

The first proposal calls for the demolition of the vacant one story building immediately north of the Loyola “L” station that once housed a McDonald’s and a Harris Bank facility.  In its place, Loyola and the CTA will construct a plaza and renovate the facade of the “L” station.

The entrance to the station will be moved slightly north and west so that it opens onto the new plaza.  This will allow for pedestrian flow to a safer four-way signalized intersection at Loyola and Sheridan, rather than have the entrance to the CTA underneath the viaduct and adjacent to a “blind” crosswalk.

Immediately north of the plaza, a curb-cut will be constructed that will allow for an eastbound driveway.  This driveway will provide access to the parking lot located behind the properties on Sheridan Road.

The current zoning on the lot is B3-5.  Loyola and the CTA seek a zoning variance to allow for a major utility (in this case, the CTA) to reside on the lot.  Because the lot falls within the Lakefront Protection Zone, review under the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and approval by the Chicago Plan Commission is also required.

To view a rendering of the proposed plaza and station entrance, click on the attachment below:

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The second proposal by Loyola University calls for the demolition of the vacant one-story building that once housed Beck’s Book store.  In its place, the University proposes the construction of a four-story, mixed-use building with 41 one-bedroom apartments over approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space.  Six parking spaces will be located behind the building and an additional 25 parking spaces will be reserved for the building on the surface parking lot immediately to the west.

Because the development falls within the Lakefront Protection Zone, review under the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and approval by the Chicago Plan Commission is required.  The University must also apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special use permit to allow for the accessory off-site parking.

To view a rendering of the proposed development, click on the attachment below:

icon Loyola_Four-Story_Development.pdf (232 KB)

These proposals require the approval of the Chicago Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, not the City Council.  Nonetheless, the Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the opinion of the alderman and the surrounding community when making their decision.  I encourage you to attend the meeting to share your views and concerns.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to share your concerns by replying to this e-mail.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

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Man dies after hit by Red Line train near Loyola

Posted by Pauline on April 5, 2012

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.

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Man dies after falling on Red Line train tracks

Posted by jsilva3 on March 27, 2012

A man who fell in front of a CTA train Monday afternoon has died of his injuries.

The man landed on the Red Line tracks at the Bryn Mawr station, temporarily halting service between the Thorndale and Belmont stops.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

A man who fell in front of a CTA train which hit him, temporarily halting Red Line service between the Thorndale and Belmont stops this afternoon has died, authorities said.

Mark White, 52, of the 5400 block of North Broadway, was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The man ended up on Red Line tracks at the Bryn Mawr station about 4:50 p.m. and suffered facial injuries, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.

It was not known whether the man fell or jumped in front of the train, Baety said.

Power was temporarily shut off in both directions as emergency crews dealt with the situation, but service was restored with residual delays on the Red and Purple lines by about 5:20 p.m., according to the CTA web site.

The person who fell on the tracks was not trapped and had been rescued by about 5:15 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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Man hospitalized after falling on CTA Red Line tracks

Posted by jsilva3 on March 27, 2012

By Jose Silva

A man was critically injured Monday evening after falling in front of a CTA train at the Bryn Mawr station.

Service between the Thorndale and Belmont stops were temporarily halted.

Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:

A man was critically injured after falling in front of a CTA train and suffering facial injuries, temporarily halting Red Line service between the Thorndale and Belmont stops this afternoon, authorities said.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, ended up on Red Line tracks at the Bryn Mawr station about 4:50 p.m. and suffered facial injuries, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

It was not known whether the man fell or jumped in front of the train, Baety said.

Power was temporarily shut off in both directions as emergency crews dealt with the situation, but service was restored with residual delays on the Red and Purple lines by about 5:20 p.m., according to the CTA web site.

The person who fell on the tracks was not trapped and had been rescued by about 5:15 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

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