Today’s Headlines for Thursday, July 28

  • Transit Access Is One Reason Jackson Park Is Right Choice for Obama Library (Crain’s)
  • Schweiterman: Car Sharing Is Good for the City, So Why Is It So Heavily Taxed? (Crain’s)
  • 7 Injured, 6 Critically, in Washington Heights Crash (CBS)
  • CTA & Metra Launch Expanded Service for Lollapalooza (NBC)
  • …But Make Sure Your Phone Is Still Charged After Fest If You’re Using Ventra App (Tribune)
  • During Signal Trouble, Trains Were Unable to Enter Union Station’s South End (ABC)
  • Aurora Establishes a Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Council (Tribune)
  • Ex-NBC Anchor Launches Podcast Featuring Interviews With Lyft Passengers (Chicagoist)
  • New West Loop Development Would Have 627 Units, 300 Spots (Curbed)
  • TRF Webinar Today at Noon on Self-Driving Vehicles & Transit: RSVP at 312-362-5731

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  • Chicagoan

    I’ve never liked how Lollapalooza gets to take over Grant Park and wreck the place, then Chicagoans are left with the park’s carnage. I know Grant Park is a good site due to the great transport links, but if cash was no object, I’d love to see the city get an events center, to be used as a central location for the big events that ravage our parks. Perhaps one of the steel sites on the Southside would be great.

    Accessible via the Skyway, and with the potential for rapid transit service on the Electric Line, thanks to the Obama Presidential Center, the 83rd St. and 87th St. stations could be handy.

  • Chicagoan

    Also, absolutely love that Mr. Keegan has discussed an extension of the Cottage Grove Ave. branch of the Green Line eastward on 63rd St. It should be extended all the way to Stony Island Ave. with a stop at Woodlawn Ave. A stop at Stony Island Ave. would drop people off on the very doorstep of the museum and they could then orient the entrance to the intersection of 63rd St. & Stony Island Ave.

    The 59th St. and 63rd St. stations on the Electric line will definitely need heavy renovation, as a lot of people will like that link, too.

    So exciting!

    Sorry, kind of went on a Baron Haussmann-like rant right there.

  • david vartanoff

    YES! Restore/upgrade the Jackson Park leg of the Green Line. An intermodal transfer station at the MED, and a new ADA compliant terminal spanning Stony Island.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Lollapalooza’s footprint has grown every year in terms of set up space and areas off-limit to the public. I like music festivals in Grant Park, but I’d like to see a true accounting of how much time and money the disruption downtown is costing us. I’d also like to see a crackdown on those obnoxious little jeep scooters the Lolla staff are cruising at high speeds on the sidewalks surrounding Grant Park.

  • Chicagoan

    A Dorchester Ave. CTA/Metra transfer station would be great!

  • david vartanoff

    Exactly. Just where it used to be. “Jackson Park Howard B Train, No Smoking. Dorchester next”

  • Chicagoan

    Ah, the nostalgia!

  • david vartanoff

    well, FWIW, that is where I discovered elevateds/subways as a kid.