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Will the third time be a charm for the Wilson stop?

For the last two years, the Red Line station in Uptown has won Going Public's annual Crust Station contest—where readers vote on the CTA station that inspires crabbiness because of its lack of amenities, accessibility, cleanliness and customer service.

The Wilson stop has certainly had its share of ups and downs in the last two years. Last year, the CTA board approved using $3 million in neighborhood funding to renovate the station. Retailers left the station house—but construction has not yet started because the funds for renovation have not been allocated. The CTA anticipates work at the Wilson stop will begin next year.

The station also struggles with fare jumping and theft, according to preliminary police data.

Will these challenges be enough to earn the Wilson stop another crown? It's up to you, readers.

GP is asking you to nominate the CTA station in most need of a tune-up. Four criteria will determine the Crust Station: amenities, accessibility, cleanliness and customer service.

>> Cleanliness: Bitter about the litter? Sore about the floor? Pester us about the pests.

>> Customer service: Blow the whistle on sleeping customer service agents and ones that are CTA-WOL.

>> Amenities: Lack a bike rack or a train tracker? Shafted on the number of elevators or escalators? Plug a station that needs its features elevated.

>> Accessibility: Is your station off the map—or worse, off the app? Steer us to stops that require a compass to get through a tunnel or alley or more steps than a Richard Simmons program.

Make your voice heard! By 5 p.m Friday., please submit your nomination to GP via e-mail (tswartz@tribune.com), the Web (redeyechicago.com/goingpublic), Twitter (@tracyswartz) or Facebook (facebook.com/tracyswartz).

TALK TO US

Between Lollapalooza, Bears Family Day at Soldier Field, the Cubs series against the Cincinnati Reds, Sade concerts at the United Center and Joel Osteen at U.S. Cellular Field, this weekend was the CTA's big moment. How did the agency fare? Send an email to tswartz@tribune.com. Please include your full name, age and neighborhood.

RIDER'S BLOCK

My pledge to ride every CTA bus line continues. I rode the No. 55A-55th/Austin last week and boiled my review down to a tweet.

@tracyswartz 15 min from 65th Street/Austin Blvd to Midway. Bus is like an airport parking shuttle. Rush hour schedule. Only two other riders besides me.

119 routes down, 20 to go!

Next up: No. 24-Wentworth.

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