Honors 204 Project: I


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This was our final project for Honors Science and Society. We researched the proposed extension of the CTA Red Line and how far people in Chicago would walk to take public transportation.
Emily Alvey, Gwen Klemenz, Megan Konopka
George K. Thiruvathukal, Course Professor/Instructor
Honors 204, Fall 2010
Loyola University Chicago

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Honors 204 Project: I

  1. 1. The Extension of the Red Line to the South Side of Chicago<br />Emily Alvey, Gwen Klemenz, Megan Konopka<br />George K. Thiruvathukal, Course Professor/Instructor<br />Honors 204, Fall 2010<br />Loyola University Chicago<br />I would walk 500 miles:Leaving the Transit Desert<br />
  2. 2. Mission:<br />We deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs, and communities.<br />
  3. 3. Proposal: <br />Extend the Red Line to 130th street.<br />Intermediate stops at <br />103th, 107th, 111th, 116th, 130th<br /> 5 ½ mile extension <br />Is it feasible based upon how far people are willing to walk to get to an el station? <br />
  4. 4. Our Survey:<br />Length of Commute<br />Distance walk to El Station<br />Willingness to transfer <br />Demographic Information<br />
  5. 5. The Current Situation:<br />Grocery Stores<br />Banks<br />Access to downtown<br />High traffic levels at 95th station<br />Population is highly transit dependent, minority and low-income<br />Lack of access to stations via Park and Ride<br />
  6. 6. I would walk 500 miles…<br />
  7. 7. Average Commute: 37 minutes<br />I would walk 500 miles…<br />Average commute: 56.5 minutes<br />
  8. 8. Average distance: 3.89 blocks<br />Each node covers: 7/10ths of a mile <br />3 stops in Roseland affects 17,223people<br />2 stops in West Pullman affect 10,534people<br />Total: 28072 people out of total population of 89,559. <br />Thus, about 31% population benefits from extension. <br />Connecting the Nodes<br />
  9. 9. Transfer from Bus to El: 64% <br />62% preferring to take the El<br />22% preferring to take the Bus<br />8% had no preference<br />I would walk 500 miles…<br />
  10. 10. Connecting Nodes <br />
  11. 11. Benefits<br />In conjunction with the previous bus routes, service can be provided to about 25,259 people. <br />Total people served with extension of red line service: 53,016 people<br />Roughly 59% of the population <br />
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