Public Transportation

Modernizing Public Transportation in the 47th Ward

When Gene first ran for Alderman, the CTA was ready to dismantle the Ravenswood Brown Line tracks. Tearing down this vital piece of public transportation would have destroyed further development in the Ward. Gene fought to save the Brown Line and recently lead the charge for the $530 million Brown Line Expansion Project, which expanded platforms, made the stations ADA accessible, and reduced overcrowding to provide safer and better service to commuters. An invasive community project like this requires the support of the entire community.  Gene established the Brown Line Task Force where all levels of government, community members and local businesses worked together to alleviate the impact of the project on the neighborhood.

 Gene believes ease of public transportation is vital to working residents. Recently, with the support of Federal stimulus funding, Gene worked with Metra to build a better Ravenswood Metra Station at its current location. The station upgrade, which includes covered platforms, warming shelters, improved lighting, a ticket office and vendor space, is part of a major $185 million project to expand the station and replace 22 bridges on the Union Pacific North Line. Among construction crews, support staff, and designers, over 100 jobs are being supported by this project.

Supporting Alternative Transportation

In addition to public transportation, Gene has been a proponent for making Chicago more bicycle friendly. He worked with the Chicago Department of Transportation on a dedicated bike path from Horner Park to Revere Park. He was also one of the first Alderman to work with I-GO to provide residents with car sharing options. 

Gene is committed to push for the renovation and modernization of rail infrastructure and the maintenance of adequate public transportation to and from all neighborhoods in the City.
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