Today’s Headlines for Wednesday January 24

  • Icy Conditions Cause Over 200 Crashes on Chicago Roadways (Tribune)
  • Woman, 75, Escapes to Safety After Car Stalls on Metra Tracks (Tribune)
  • Police Warn Food Delivery Drivers About West Side Armed Robberies (Tribune)
  • Development Near Sedgewick Station Will Have 105 Units, 25 Parking Space (Curbed)
  • Evanston Aldermen: TOD With 318 Units, 176 Spots Near Davis Stops Too Dense (Curbed)
  • New Andersonville Condo Building Named After Local LGBT Icon Chuck Renslow (Crain’s)
  • Active Trans Has 4 Open Job Positions, Including Graphic Designer, Volunteer Coordinator

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  • Chicagoan

    Off topic, but is there any good news about the Edgewater Metra station?

  • F. Hayek 69

    It’s a bad location choice and screams crony capitalism, with politically connected landowners reaping the benefits.

  • Chicagoan

    I could see there being value for people who live along Peterson, west of Western, to the North Shore Channel, but I think I agree w/ you. I’d rather see some cash put into the renovation of the Rogers Park station: bridge repair, concrete repair, more bike parking, stationhouse repair or replacement, et cetera. A fair amount of people seem to ride their bikes to the station and then hop on the train, I wonder if they’re from West Rogers Park.

  • planetshwoop

    It would be nice if Metra could have a different way to meet some of these “in-fill” opportunities through cheaper designs.

    (And in their defence, they have done something like this with their STAR plan that went nowhere. Instead we’re going to get a massive increase in lanes in 294)

    But in this forum recently we’ve talked about lots of near-city requests that would be impratical for really either Metra in its current form or CTA’s heavy rail: Niles Metra station; Edgewater Metra station; Humboldt/McDonald’s metra station; express rail to the Loop; and probably others I don’t follow as closely for the South Side.

    I suppose we’re going to get BRT to try and fill some of those gaps. And I’m sure we’ll hear there’s no money, system is corrupt, etc. but frankly jointly developing infrastructure and the sharing the gains from the resulting real estate builds nearby.

    I doubt property tax revenues are going to move at all when they build extra lanes on 294. But if they built some smaller train lines or S-Bahn style trains, I bet they would; the TOD trend in the city has proven that.

  • Chicagoan

    What does everyone think of this? Seems silly. And is there no parking at Naperville station? Looks as if there’s a lot. I’d take Metra any day.

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    I’m surprised it takes the woman in this article that long to get to work. I thought the trains from Naperville were as fast as 35 minutes, though its getting to and from the station that takes the most time I’m guessing.

  • Tooscrapps

    Unfortunately the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is a quasi-independent gov’t agency. Their only mission is to maintain and build more toll lanes.

  • Chicagoan

    The drive from Naperville to the Loop, with all of the stops, sounds headache-inducing.

  • Cameron Puetz

    What makes you think the Edgewater location is a bad location for a station? It’s midway between existing stations in one of the longer gaps on the UP-N. It’s being built in a relatively dense area that gives it a large pool of potential riders. To the west there is limited transit connectivity, so that neighborhood could really benefit from a new station. To the east the Red Line is struggling to add capacity to keep up with demand. Shifting some riders from the neighborhood in between the two lines to the new Metra station would help relieve overcrowding on the Red Line.

    Most Metra lines, especially ones like the UP-N that run through dense neighborhoods and don’t carry freight traffic until well outside of the city, are very valuable but underused transit assets. Building infill stations helps utilize some of this wasted potential to both add capacity where a Metra line and an overcrowded CTA line are close, or provide access to an underserved neighborhood where a new Metra station is built in an area without CTA service.

  • Kevin M

    “If she’s lucky, Ferguson gets a seat on the train”

    Really? My experiences on Metra have shown that passengers almost always have seats available. The only exception I’ve seen is with the popular UP-N inbound evening rush-hour reverse-commute runs.

  • what_eva

    Exactly. The traffic on 88/290 can’t be fun.

  • planetshwoop

    BNSF is incredibly popular and very busy. The express from Rt 59 to downtown is like 40 minutes which is incredible.

    It also has, I think, the regions largest surface parking lot. (Maybe O’Hare long term beats it?) 40 minutes to get to the station and 20 minutes to walk to your car and get out of the lot.

  • You missed the multimodality: 15 minute walk to the bus stop, ~40 minutes total riding the bus and waiting for the train, 35 minutes actually riding the train, then another 15 minute walk from Union Station to the office. That’s more than an hour of non-train time, even though the train (most likely) covers the most distance. I used to occasionally have a 2+ hour Metra commute from Naperville; it wasn’t pretty. (And it’s absolutely SRO in the mornings. Must be one of the many BNSF oddities.)

    Those last however many miles between the Metra station in wherever and one’s actual home and/or workplace are what really kills the deal for most people. My coworkers thought I was extremely weird for being so willing to turn a 15-minute train ride into a 45-minute commute, but I rather liked having two mandatory nice walks per day.