Evanston city officials say the CTA station cleanup program announced Tuesday will include stations on the Purple Line in Evanston.

The city’s intergovernmental affairs coordinator, Matt Swentkofske, says CTA officials tell him work has already been done on the South Boulevard station over the past few weeks as part of this new program.

CTA workers and contractors power washed the station, replaced the roof over the stairs and made other miscellaneous repairs. It was about a $75,000 investment from CTA, Swentkofske says.

Work on the Noyes Strett. station has just begun.  Rotted roofing over the passenger waiting area was removed last week. Between now and December the CTA will make repairs to the roof as well as other moderate repairs and give the entire station a deep cleaning.

The rest of the Evanston CTA stations will be addressed in 2012 with Davis Street scheduled to begin sometime in the early summer and the rest of the stations to be done after the work at Davis is completed.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Foster stop?

    Foster stop was rated the worse CTA station a few years back,do they have bigger plans for Foster?The lead paint has been falling for years now…

    1. Foster?

      The Foster stop should be closed. It is laughably close to Davis and Noyes, and slows the trains unnecessarily. The University should pay for Noyes to be refurbished (much like Apple did at North/Clybourn), as it is on campus and mainly used by its students adding much value to NWU. This will save a lot of money for the CTA as it reworks the red/purple lines and adds 8 car capacity here in Evanston.

  2. Cameras

    This morning, the workers at the Noyes station told me that they are getting ready to install cameras "for our safety." Is this being done at all the el stops?

    1. NU and the CTA

      With the distance between South Blvd and Howard, closing the South Blvd station does not seem realistic though I suspect the number of users is small compared to other Evanston stations.

      Dempster has a busy business area and so I doubt it will be closed, even though Davis and Main can service it well. [Though I guess the same argument can be made for closing Main since South Blvd and Dempster are close and Main does have Metra—maybe Main would then get more Metra time slots].  Central does not seem feasible to close because of the hospital, stadium and businesses.  Foster and Noyes service NU but with students having voted not to take the CTA up on a greatly reduced rate, one wonders how if both are needed esp. since NU runs a shuttle in Evanston around Noyes.  Also both can service City Hall.  Davis could serve the Foster students. A friend lives one block from the Foster station and still goes to Davis so I have to wonder about the Foster station.

      [At one time the CTA even floated closing Davis !!]. 

      As we saw with the branch libraries, no one wants to give up their branch/station—they seem to think it is their divine right.

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