Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, October 11

  • Chicago Ranked 3rd Best City in U.S. for Active Living, Party Thanks to Divvy (Tribune)
  • Law Encouraging Alternatives to SOV Trips Could Reduce Congestion (Crain’s)
  • Death of Cyclist Joni Beaudry Prompts Update in IL “Rules of the Road” Booklet (Tribune)
  • Family of Maya Medovaya, Killed by Right-Turning UPS Truck, Is Suing Company (WLS)
  • Amtrak May Add Chicago-Milwaukee Runs, Shorten Travel Times (Wisconsin DOT)
  • LA’s Orange Line Can Serve as a Model for Chicago BRT (Active Trans)
  • 36th Ward PB Ballot Includes Traffic Calming Near Local Schools (DNA)
  • New Designated Driver Service Could Help Prevent DUIs (RedEye)
  • How They Installed a Tunnel for the Red Line Under the Chicago River (DNA)
  • 20 Can’t-Miss Sites Participating in Open House Chicago (Curbed)
  • Luftwork Will Create a Major Light Installation on 606’s Milwaukee Bridge (Chicagoist)
  • Wedding Bells on the ‘L’: Couple Marries on CTA Train (WLS)

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  • Re: Amtrak Chicago to Milwaukee: Here’s where Wisconsin having a backward to governor really hurts. The speed increase for part of the route from 79 to 90 mph saves all of two to three minutes. We really should be a lot closer to HSR on that corridor than we are. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad Illinois was the beneficiary of their stupid governor but still.

    Oh wait. We now have a backward governor in Illinois too.

  • Courtney

    I looked at the proposed timetables and it looks like it saves around 15 minutes. I agree we should have HSR along that corridor (and really nationwide…..) but I’ll take a 15 minute improvement.

  • So am I looking at the difference between 79 and 90 mph whereas you are looking at the difference between the speed now and the new speeds?

  • cozzyd

    The fastest time on the 79 MPH schedule is 1:29 (which is also the fastest time now, I think). On the 90 MPH schedule the fastest time is 1:27.

    If they could bring this corridor down to 1 hour that would be pretty transformative.

  • I think 15 minutes is also a transformative improvement.

    I wonder if there are other things that can be done to improve this train. Like, what’s its on-time performance rating and what are this line’s most frequent causes of delays? Dig into every nook and cranny of the line’s operations and squeeze out some more efficiencies.