As part of a plan to reorganize a busy elevated train station on Chicago’s North Side, the Chicago Transit Authority has released a list of buildings it needs to raze to ease delays for 150,000 riders daily. The mostly residential buildings, as well as 11 vacant lots, would be occupied by a train bypass CTA has proposed to help untangle the knot of Red, Purple, and Brown Line trains at the Clark junction just north of the Belmont ‘El’ station.
Diagram of the proposed Belmont Bypass. (Courtesy CTA)
Public hearings will be held to determine the future of the properties, which would receive “at minimum the fair market value” according to CTA protocol. The flyover bypass appears in renderings released in April as a tube circumventing the existing tracks—a $320 million project CTA said would alleviate delays for more than 40 percent of weekday trains.Rendering of the proposed Belmont Bypass. (Courtesy CTA)