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

Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Sat Apr 4 14:04:35 2009, in response to Re: The Chicago Central Area Action Plan (On-topic), posted by RonInBayside on Sat Apr 4 00:23:19 2009.

Technically there is subway service...a two block WALK to the Clinton station on the Blue line. Historically it has to do with how and where Union Station was located from the beginning. That said, remember Chicago was eventually "blessed" with six downtown "Union Stations" so historically who could predict which one the survivor would be and plan transit accordingly. Remember too, the downtown transit lines were all in place by the turn of the century and the two subways, yes Chicago only has two subways downtown, were set in place in the late 1930's.

Union Station did have transit at its door before the second subway was implemented....Canal ST station on the Metropolitan "L".

Most other cities only had their one or two "Union/main stations" so transit planning was easier to predict.

Chicago transit plans since the 1950s has had an east-west Monroe ST subway that would have given door to door service to Union Station, but all those plans fell by the wayside.

I will be the first to admit that a glaring fault of CTA's "L" system is that it doesn't go to 2/3 the places people want to go to. But turning to the other thought in this thread, I don't see the fascination some have voiced over Metra, for instance saying that Metra should connect the two city airports instead of the CTA, or that Metra should be electrified.

David Harrison


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