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Hiawatha: Discount MKE Tickets For IL Residents  
User currently offlineMariner63 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1842 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?

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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

While they might be able to pick up a small number of people that way; I do not see a large number shifting.

Most of the people who consider Milwuakee an option already go there.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1816 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.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1799 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?
-A



What now?
User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1674 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 3):
Is there a cheap bus company that goes to the airport or is Hiawatha my best bet?
-A

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.



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User currently offlineYXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1003 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1592 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]


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User currently offlinePilotfox From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 552 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1580 times:



Quoting YXwatcherMKE (Reply 5):
Here in MKE on Monday mostly sunny

You forgot about the 1-2inches of snow before noon on Monday.


User currently offlineCopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1539 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 3):
Is there a cheap bus company that goes to the airport or is Hiawatha my best bet?

AFAIK there is bus service from ORD to MKE and Marquette University--at least there used to be. I don't recall the price though. There is also bus service from MDW-ORD.

Looks like "Airport Express" (bus) operates from Waukesha-MKE-ORD-MDW. Try an internet search for others.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23005 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1499 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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User currently offlineMKENut From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 699 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1398 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 3):
Is there a cheap bus company that goes to the airport or is Hiawatha my best bet?

Wisconsin Coach Lines has service between MKE - ORD/MDW.

http://www.coachusa.com/wisconsincoach/


User currently offlineScutfarcus From United States of America, joined May 2000, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

I'd say the opposite is more likely - ie, someone like AirTran offering free or discounted Hiawatha tickets for someone buying it with an Illinois Zip Code. That seems kinda plausible to me...

User currently offlineBoydatageek From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1311 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 3):
Is there a cheap bus company that goes to the airport or is Hiawatha my best bet?

If you want to be super cheap. It is possible to get from downtown Chicago (Union Station) to Mitchell for $2.25.

MegaBus goes from Union Station to across the street from Amtrak Station in Milwukee for as little as $1.00 (actual price depends on how many seats they have already sold)

http://www.megabus.com/us/

From Amtrak Station to Mitchell, you can go on the Coach USA Kenosha Line Bus that stops at Mitchell Airport, Fare is $1.25.

Total $2.25.

http://www.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAsse...les/105/Kenosha%20and%20Racine.pdf


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