03/26/2011 10:57 am ET Updated May 26, 2011

Rethinking Chicago's Rail System: How To Fix The El

The el is a mess and urgently needs fixing. But how best to go about it?

Here are some design features on which we can surely all agree. One: The stations shouldn't smell like outhouses. Two: When you remove the emergency shoring, the viaducts shouldn't collapse. Three: The trains shouldn't be crowded and torturously slow.

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