On topic: I suppose any rail construction in the United States is good news, but I still feel like this MKE
station will be somewhat of a boondoggle. I would love to be proven wrong, and I certainly hope I am.
Now off topic a little bit...
Mikey711MN: I agree that the O'Hare Terminal 7 concept is a phenomenal idea, as is the O'Hare Direct high-speed train service. I would love to see ORD
Direct get built - the proposal calls for an underground station beneath the vacant "block" at State and Randolph in the loop. Fast, frequent trains would run through a new underground tunnel to connect with existing Metra tracks running west out of the city.
Of course, the cost of an underground station and tunnel would be huge. I fully anticipate the O'Hare Direct idea being trashed - which is a shame, because it's something Chicago desperately needs. Neither the CTA
Blue Line or the Kennedy Expressway are reliable - sometimes everything goes great, and sometimes you're stuck for hours. I was very encouraged to read that the CTA
wants to double-track the Blue Line to allow for express service from the Loop to O'Hare. That will go a long way toward making it more convenient.
As for Cubsrule, I'd hardly call my comment ignorant. The El is frequenly late, slow, and dirty. As inner-city rail systems go, it's a disgrace - it's rougher than hell, noisy as anything, and even the newest trains have antiquated and less-than-functional designs. Compared to the London underground, the Paris metro, San Francisco's BART/Muni or even the New York City subway, the CTA
train system is hideous.
I went to Northwestern University and spent four years riding the El. Nobody I knew ever used the Orange Line to get to MDW
, in part because the trip (when you add in an hour on the Red Line) took two hours. We'd either drive, or if we got really desperate, we'd ride the Metra into the Loop, walk four blocks to the El (with suitcases in tow) and transfer to the Orange Line. I'd hardly call that convenient.