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

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 4 15:05:59 2009, in response to Re: The Chicago Central Area Action Plan (On-topic), posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Sat Apr 4 14:04:35 2009.

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Electrification??? When we get serious about energy, I would like to hope we will have gigawatts of Solar PV, wind, hydro w/o major fishkills, etc. Besides I happen to love catenary, and "juice jacks" Oh, and looking back at Chicago history, the IC was done at city demand--which is why they had freight switch motors as well. The other RR's were waivered by Depression bankruptcies, and "clean" diesels.

Now, as to Metra v CTA, this obsolete class based differential needs to disappear. To me the Metra routes are "super expresses" in the sense that they make few stops within the city limits but in many cases go via similar routes(Lake Street--Green Line for younger folks), C&NW to Evanston, and of course the ex IC. So, I believe an 'all you can eat' CTA pass should be good on any Metra train within CTA fare limits. The point here is to increase rider options/convenience, and just maybe a few more people will leave their cars parked at home more often.
As to your point about missing locations, indeed, CTA is about 50 years behind the curve. The entire west of the River office boom has been ignored other than a couple bus line changes.
Airports???, CTA could use express tracks in regular daily operations on both the Red and Blue trunks--the money isn't there and besides a West Side N-S crosstown around Western (proposed in the 50's IIRC) might well be a better investment. Maybe the old PRR Panhandle ROW which today is high voltage lines only could be used so as to minimise residential disruption.

Richard II will decide.

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