The problem with west access is that the airlines have made it very clear they're not staffing two entrances and duplicating operations. Between security and baggage logistics, not to mention the opposition of the airlines, western access has quietly been dropped. Oh, there may eventually be concourses out west, and the new employee parking/shuttle center will be out there, but there isn't the space not the intention for there to be public access from the west. They just don't want to publicize it, but a look at the ORD21 bid documents doesn't indicate any space for public access (parking, terminal building, etc) much less plans for them. O'Hare's only 7,623 acres.
To illustrate the problem: how is an agent at any given airport in the world supposed to know that there are two baggage pickups at O'Hare and which will you be using? Even if baggage stayed at existing claim locations, you couldn't return to your car or westside pickup: the Inter-Terminal Train (CDA's name for the APM in the tunnel) is behind security, and you and your luggage are not.
(Is there any airport in the world with, effectively, two entrances? How do you handle baggage?)
I'm sorry, but the bolded statements are simply not true. If those statements were true, they wouldn't be building the EOE/I-490 project. Long term plans do have a western screening facility/baggage drop-off for passengers. It may not happen for a while, but it will. Wasn't it discussed a while back that the trigger point for completing the tunnel and APM to the west was 100,000,000 passengers?
You also have to remember by the time it is built, technology will allow for minimal to no airline staffing required at the western access facility. Since people
BTW: ATL has two entrances, west side for domestic and east side for international. And ATL is only 4,700 acres.
I apologize for mistakenly believing that the section regarding western access wasn't there. (Since I never took it seriously, I blanked it out.)
I do find it funny that you think there is any sort of coordination between the I-490 project (the Tollway) and anything else. The Tollway has turned into its own self-perpetuating machine, but that's another story. Ironically, though, the Tollway is helping, a lot. "Western access" has, instead, turned into a more far-ranging program that finally completes Elgin-O'Hare and provides for a high-speed ring around the airport. There's only going to be one entrance for pax, so they're making the access to the entrance far better.
As to Phase II, yes, there's a reference to the western parking/screening facility. But I would point out this:
CHANGES IN RROJECT SCORE REQUIRING MM REVIEW: (1) Change in tunnel origin or
destination, or (2) elimination of APM right-of-way or sterile corridor for international
passengers from the tunnel capability, or (3) Reductions to the tunnel dimensions for the
tug/baggage clearances and widths, or (4) Removal of pedestrian moving walkways.
They can delete western access without review. The gestures are there, but I think Chicago reality has already killed any chance this will happen. Why would the airlines pay for it? (Are western pax going to use another airport?) Why would 50 members of the City Council vote for it?