Today’s Headlines for Thursday, September 8

  • Vista, Chicago’s 3rd-Tallest Building Officially Breaks Ground (Curbed)
  • Concerned About Gas Prices, Public & Commercial Fleets Explore Alternatives (Tribune)
  • O’Hare Bound Blue Line Trains Won’t Stop at Harlem for Two Weeks (DNA)
  • $1.5M Metra Rail Tie Replacement Project Starts in Hinsdale Saturday (Patch)
  • 35-Year-Old Man Critically Injured After Crashing Car Into Building on NW Side (Tribune)
  • Ramirez-Rosa Is Combining Several Residential Parking Zones in the 35th Ward (DNA)
  • Ravinia-esque Music Venue Proposed for Douglas Park (DNA)
  • Lots of Events on the Lakefront Trail This Month (Active Trans)
  • David Barish Tells a Story About Being Doored This Sunday at “That’s All She Wrote
  • CTA Hearing on Proposed Transit TIF for RPM Next Tuesday at DePaul (Active Trans)
  • Chicago Perimeter Ride Leaves From Buckingham Fountain on 10/1 at 9 AM

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  • Kevin M

    Isn’t Hinsdale served by the BNSF Metra line? Why isn’t BNSF paying for those tie replacements? They run huge, heavy freight over those lines–which undoubtedly put the most wear and tear on the ties & rails.

  • Mike McCune

    The chicago Perimeter Ride link is not working.

  • Anne A
  • ardecila

    That’s part of the bargain that allows Metra to run commuter service in the first place. BNSF runs freight trains, but the majority of train movements are in fact Metra trains (94 movements every weekday).

    The freight railroads do chip in significantly. UP and Metra have split the cost of some major projects on the West Line.

  • Kevin M

    No, of course not free. That’s a silly question that adds no value to this discussion.

    But, Metra’s commuter trains cannot possibly cause as much wear and tear as the much heavier freight trains that BNSF runs on those rails/ties. I just assumed that Metra paid some sort of standard fee and that BNSF handled the actual repair and maintenance costs–sort of like how lease-holders pay a reoccurring fee (e.g. “rent”) to property owners–who pay for property repairs or improvements directly. Without knowing the terms of Metra’s agreement with BNSF, it seems impossible to say if Metra has negotiated a fair deal on behalf of itself and the public who owns it.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Folks, let’s keep the conversation polite please. Thanks.


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