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The South Side’s Strange Train

South Side Weekly

This interview [with Sandy Johnston} is republished from The Chicago Dispatch, an online magazine of interviews, essays, and creative work about Chicago, edited by Daniel Kay Hertz.

So maybe we should start with this: What’s wrong with the Metra Electric today?

Not enough trains! I mean, that’s the really easy answer. The more complicated, broader one is that starting in the 1970s, and coincidental with greater public sector involvement in running the line, it was re-envisioned and transformed from a real rapid transit line to a “commuter” rail line.

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