The Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit transportation advocacy group, has posted an online survey soliciting opinions about current stations and sought-after features for the new ones.
According to Active Trans, the feedback will be incorporated into a design competition sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Participants are given the opportunity to sound off on important amenities and rank top issues with existing stations — i.e., not enough shade/shelter from the elements, poorly lit, cleanliness, etc.
A "dream big" section asks transit riders to shoot for the moon and describe their ultimate station.
A link to "cool station ideas" provides a glimpse into the creative solutions other cities have devised for their bus stops, ranging from an ultra-modern air-conditioned shelter in Dubai to a kitschy shelter in the Shetland Islands that's routinely redecorated by the locals.
CTA's history of station renovation has been spotty.
In a critique of revamped Brown Line stations, the Chicago Architecture Foundation noted that they seemed to have been designed "without people in mind," pointing to "scantily-covered platforms" and a "lack of seating."
"How can we up-the-ante on good transit design?"
You can weigh in on the Active Trans survey through Jan. 31.