Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation Officials Discuss Big Plans for Union Station (Sun-Times)
  • Active Trans Shares a State Transportation Platform With Gubernatorial Candidates
  • Ventra Records Used as Evidence to Charge Man With 3 Sexual Assaults on CTA (Fox)
  • Private Company Offering Service from Chicago to Madison on Vintage Rail Cars (Travel Pulse)
  • 7 Injured After CTA Bus Driver Crashes Into Parked Car in Oakland (Sun-Times)
  • Police Cracking Down on DUIs on North Side and in Back of the Yards This Weekend (DNA)
  • CTA Board Approves Contract for Security Guards at Parking Lots (RedEye)
  • Park District Selling Monthly Car Parking Passes at Loyola Beach for $129 (DNA)
  • Chicago Cycling Club Hosts a Bike Ride to a Yoga Studio (DNA)
  • Kickstarter Project to Post 100 Wacky Ads on Red Line Is Fully Funded (RedEye)

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  • david vartanoff

    Serious restoration of Union Station starts with demolishing the air rights buildings so that all of the space wasted on support columns and and associated utilities chases can be retrieved. Once the area of the former Main Concourse is available, 2 more tracks than present should be linked from South to North to facilitate through routing–St Louis-Chicago-Milwaukee trains for starters. The balance of the open area will change the station from a dingy basement to a welcoming space

  • Fred

    Let’s say, hypothetically, that acquiring and razing a billion+ dollars worth of office towers not an option. What else ya got?

  • FG

    Not to mention the new buildings under construction to the north (though they are accommodating the existing tracks, there may not be room for expansion). Plus those buildings pay a big chunk of the upkeep costs for the station iirc.

  • Kevin M

    NYC hasn’t remedied the dungeon known as Penn Station so there’s not a chance in hell Chicago’s Union Station subterranean woes will be addressed in anyone’s lifetime. I’m grateful we still have the Great Hall considering the way this city blew up two other magnificent train stations in the early 80s and replaced one that looks like it was designed by 10 advertising firms (Ogilvie) and another that appears to be hiding from the loop (LaSalle).

  • Dennis McClendon

    Four run-through tracks could be created at the east end, and you could push the food court and even some Amtrak services upward into the first two floors of the 222 Riverside building. You could then take in about half the riverside walkway and the current food court to be the commuter waiting room and circulation, and reopen the taxi drives and use the Great Hall for intercity travelers. Finally, get Amtrak to board its trains like trains rather than planes. A lot of departing passengers would then go directly on board their trains, rather than clogging the waiting rooms or concourses.

  • duppie

    Thanks for posting that link to the vintage trainride, John. I almost bought two tickets for an unexpected weekend in Madison. Until I realized that it is a football weekend, and there not a hotelroom to be had in downtown Madison. Bummer
    If you hear about similar destination trips in the future, please do post them.

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