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Re: The Chicago Central Area Action Plan (On-topic)

Posted by WillD on Sat Apr 4 00:12:59 2009, in response to Re: The Chicago Central Area Action Plan (On-topic), posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Fri Apr 3 11:46:26 2009.

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That 1/4 mile is to the outside fence...not the terminal which is over a mile away....quite a walk pulling roller baggage behind you. And please don't suggest a bus shuttle. Metra would only become a serious consideration when and if their tracks were at the terminal.

That's fine. I was in no way saying they should simply utilize O'hare transfer station. Instead it'd make more sense to take the existing Metra infrastructure and use it in concert with a new tunnel through O'hare to provide direct service to both the International and Domestic terminals. It's maybe a mile and a quarter from the Metra tracks to the Domestic terminal, and at more than 500 million dollars a mile for a tunnel the project could likely be completed for no more than a billion dollars. Any plan that involves the Blue line will bypass the International Terminal and keep those passengers as second class citizens. The Metra line will inevitably provide a faster trip into the city than even an express line could hope to, for less money.

And there is NO Metra near Midway at all.

No, but there's a freight line on just the other side of the CTA's Orange Line. It would not be too difficult to use that line to take a spur off the Metra Heritage Corridor Line to run down to the Midway station and integrate into an expanded terminal station.

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