CTA to host public hearings ahead of major overhaul - FOX 32 News Chicago

CTA to host public hearings ahead of major overhaul

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The CTA is getting ready to make a major overhaul of its operations, aiming to make life easier for commuters. And officials want to hear from the public before they start that work.

The CTA is hosting public hearings as part of the overhaul process and they want locals to participate.

At the junction just north of Belmont, the brown line, red line and purple line all come together. The CTA says the brown line trains have to stop and wait for the other trains to pass, causing delays.

The CTA is proposing to fly the brown line over the red and purple line tracks near the Belmont station. The $320 million flyover bridge project would bypass the bottleneck and speed up the commute.

That bridge would go 45 feet above street level, above the bars and restaurants that people are familiar with on Clark Street.

But neighbors in the Lakeview area are concerned at how the construction would impact their neighborhood. Sixteen homes would have to be demolished and the residents would need to move.

"It (the construction) would mean we would need to relocate. We are planning to move to the suburbs, so it's good," one resident told FOX 32's Joanie Lum.

Some residents say the project is a huge expenditure that would impact the quality of life in the Belmont area. 

"I feel like they are trying to isolate us and make people go, 'oh it's just those people over there. They are poor houses.' It's not about me. It's about Lakeview, about the character of Chicago, about everyone who goes to Wrigley, and the beauty of the neighborhood."

One of the buildings that would need to be demolished is a fairly new condo building.

If it is built, the project would not begin until 2017.

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