Update (1/30/11): The Chicago Tribune reports that closing the Lawrence el station is in three of five possible Red Line upgrade options.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Transit Authority is considering closing the Lawrence el station as part of its repair and renovations plan for the Red and Purple lines.
Track repair and station renovations also are part of possible changes on a “dilapidated” 9.5-mile stretch of track from Belmont to the Linden terminal in Evanston, built between 1900 and 1920. The plans call for making 15 of 21 stations along that route handicap accessible. The project could top $4.2 billion.
The nearest stations to the Lawrence are Wilson, two blocks to the south, and Argyle, three blocks to the north.
The Lawrence stop links to the 24-hour #81 Lawrence bus, a crucial route that runs west through the Ravenswood and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, linking with the Milwaukee blue line stop, which connects the corridor to the O’Hare airport.
The Uptown Update blog has some recommendations for making sure the CTA hears area residents’ voices.
Other stations considered to be closed are Thorndale and Jarvis in Chicago and the Foster and South Boulevard stations in Evanston.