Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 5

  • 2 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on I-57, Including Chicago Firefighter (CBS)
  • Driver Who Killed Amy Machairas, 58, in Morgan Park Claimed Sun Was in Her Eyes (Sun-Times)
  • Mitchell: Help the Police Find Men Who Allegedly Pushed People Onto CTA Tracks (Sun-Times)
  • Letter: Lake Forest Group Opposes Any Freight-Related Expansion of Hiawatha Corridor (DNS)
  • An Update on the Lakefront Trail Separation Project (Sun-Times)
  • 350 More Apartments Are Coming to the South Loop (Curbed)
  • Lincoln Towing: We’re Losing Business Due to “Public Outcry” Over Alleged Violations (Tribune)

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  • Cameron Puetz

    North Shore NIMBYs really don’t want a third track, but at least they clarified that they’re open to somehow having enhanced commuter service with capacity additions. Have any other busy triple tracked shared Metra/Amtrak/ fright corridors like the BNSF received this kind of push back.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Let’s all have a moment of silence for Lincoln Towing. Nah.

  • planetshwoop

    #1– isn’t a lot of the bnsf use viaducts to avoid grade crossings? (Not that is the issue here, but I think it affects perceptions.)

    #2–Most recent rail battles that I think are similar are the double-tracking of the North Central Metra line (don’t recall much resistance) and the expansion of the EJ&E tracks by Canadian Pacific which had massive pushback, but went through.

    The second I think is similar–the freight trains ran through tony parts of Barrington and undoubtedly caused drastic drops in real estate prices for those who live nearby. No big impact to Metra there but lots of freight trains.

    I wish they could electrify more of Metra. That helps with the noise and pollution near the tracks.