Transit land-use study seeks to guide growth

  • By Amy Lee
  • Transit reporter
  • October 03, 2008 @ 3:57 PM

Three elevated train stations in Chicago will go under the microscope in the next few months as city planners work to develop a land use and transportation strategy to encourage positive neighborhood growth.

City planners will study the Berwyn Red Line station, areas adjacent to the Green Line at 18th Street or Cermak Road and the 43rd Street Green Line station.

The study, which is funded by a $250,000 Regional Transportation Authority grant, aims to create master plans specific to each station based on land use and transportation, which could help shape future development in those areas.

“Working to tie land-use and transportation together is so important as we look to maximize investments not only in our transit system, but our neighborhoods as well,” Leanne Redden, RTA's senior deputy executive director of planning and regional programs, said in a press release.

The study will look at transit use and facilities, residential densities, pedestrian environment and retail and service needs, according to the release. The RTA did not say when the study would begin, how long it will last or when details of the study would be available for public review. The RTA did not return calls for comment.

Amy Lee is a Chicago-based journalist. She covers transit issues for the Daily News.