To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the article in the May 1 edition regarding the proposed study of under-utilized Metra stations on the South Side. Stations at 47th Street in Kenwood and 63rd Street in Woodlawn were listed as “underperforming.”
I’ve recently moved to North Kenwood from Hyde Park, and have found that the trains stop much less frequently at 47th Street than they do at the three Hyde Park stops. For instance, during the morning rush hour, there is a train at 6:46 a.m., and the next one isn’t until 7:26 a.m., almost 45 minutes later. There is a 7:39 a.m. train, and the next one is at 8:13 a.m., almost 30 minutes later. This is during rush hour. I often end up driving to a Hyde Park station, as the trains stop there with much more frequency, often every few minutes during peak times.
The same is true in the evenings; trains only stop at 47th Street every 30 minutes during the evening rush hour. On days I work late, again I decide to drive to a Hyde Park station, so I have more choices of trains coming home.
It seems to me that this is a real Catch-22. Perhaps if the frequency of stops was increased at 47th Street, especially during both morning and evening rush hours, the ridership would increase. Hopefully the study will take this into account.