Mariner63 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
The train station at MKE that runs the Hiawatha service to and from Chicago has been open for right around 4 years. To my understanding, most northern Illinois residents find MKE as a reasonable alternative to ORD or MDW, am I right? Would it ever be in an airlines interest, mainly one that operates out of MKE, to offer discount tickets to residents in the Chicago area and a little north if they took the Hiawatha to MKE? I am sure that this is very unlikely to happen, but what do you guys think of this?
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8946 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Considering the frequency (6-7 trains a day), it works for some but not always the best option. Add in the lack of stops (great for intercity Chicago-Milwaukee travel, not so great for those in the northern Chicago suburbs) and it makes it a lot easier to make the 60 minute drive up to MKE. It also helps for those residents that MKE is on the south side of Milwaukee, so again that helps with the drive.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
I'll probably be taking the Hiawatha soon, since I live in the southwest suburbs, Metra to Chicago then Amtrak to MKE. Definitely convenient to save $200 on fare (even though I fly right down to ORD from MKE, then go onto my destination)
Is there a cheap bus company that goes to the airport or is Hiawatha my best bet?
YXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1039 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 4): Probably not close to the $22 train fare. I will be flying into MKE Mon and training down to CHI for fun. Hopefully weather will be nice lol.
Here in MKE on Monday mostly sunny high of 33, Chi is Snow Showers in the AM, partly sunny late afternoon, high of 36 and windy. Enjoy your trip!!!
And to make the Northern IL idea to work the train needs to increase the number of stops in the region.
[Edited 2009-12-06 03:46:19]
I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23831 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 2): Add in the lack of stops (great for intercity Chicago-Milwaukee travel, not so great for those in the northern Chicago suburbs) and it makes it a lot easier to make the 60 minute drive up to MKE.
All trains stop in Glenview, which isn't bad for the Cook County suburbs and some of the Lake County suburbs. Past a certain point north, there's not much point in not just driving.
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