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Help evaluate the Logan Square station and access to it

20 May

Hub audit May 28 Jun 1

At issue: Access

2 Nov

BikeWalk Logan Square recognizes another issue, that of access to the CTA Blue Line station/bus terminal.

Of course, the safety issues previously discussed are also issues related to pedestrian access to the station.

For those who use other travel modes like biking or driving before arriving at the station for a bus or train, there are different access problems.

Haiku

1 Nov

BikeWalk Logan Square
Safety, access, better place,
multi-modal space

Greater Greater Washington, a D.C.-based blog, traced the #transpohaiku hashtag on Twitter back to the #vaiku hashtag from Washington state and encourages others to Enhance the commute with haikus, a call that has also evolved to include limericks in response.

Of course we’ll play along!

What’s your version of haiku or limerick about walking and biking in Logan Square?

How many people use the station?

18 Oct

Over 7000 people board the Blue Line train, the 56/Milwaukee bus or the 76/Diversey bus at Logan Square each weekday.  Ridership is increasing, and we’re on pace to see nearly two million people board trains and buses at Logan Square in 2011.

Station renovations

17 Oct

The Logan Square Blue Line station has had some renovations over the years, most notably in 2001 when the elevators were added and the south mezzanine expanded.  (Unfortunately, the compass rose that was once in the sidewalk as you stepped off the escalator at the Kedzie Avenue exit was inexplicably removed.)

Some minor renovations have taken place piecemeal since then, such as the addition of bike racks and digital information screens.

Just this past summer, the CTA took a SWAT team approach to the station with its Renew Crew washing, refurbishing, painting. lighting, planting, etc. all at once to make a profound impact on the station (see the CTA’s before and after photos).

Logan Square Blue Line Station - 2011

Origin of the Logan Square CTA Blue Line station

12 Oct

Logan Square was once the terminus for what was then known as the West-Northwest route of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated line.

The former Logan Square elevated station that opened in 1895 was demolished when what is now known as the CTA Blue Line was extended to Jefferson Park (and later to O’Hare International Airport).

The architectural firm of SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)–known for such prominent Chicago projects as Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the new Trump International Hotel and Tower– designed the current Logan Square subway station as an open mezzanine in the modern International Style that the firm is known for.  The new station opened in 1970.

Logan Square Blue Line Station - 1970

Logan Square Hub

11 Oct

The current focus of Bike Walk Logan Square is the Logan Square Hub, the area of and around the Logan Square CTA Blue Line station/bus terminal at Milwaukee and Kedzie Avenues.

Logan Square Hub at Milwaukee and Kedzie Avenues