|Quoting Mir (Reply 30):|
It would be easy to extend the airport tram to the Metra station, but by the time you did that, you'd probably not save a lot of time over the CTA.
There are plans to extend the ATS to parking lot F, which would put you right near the Metra station, but those have been plans for years, and I don't know if any progress has been made. That whole area *is* under considerable redevelopment, so maybe something is coming, but I haven't seen it since they moved the cell phone lot (which is much nicer now).
|Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 48):|
The reality is that most of the passengers on the Blue line are actually going to O'Hare. Leaving the loop, 95% of passengers get off at some other stop other than O'Hare.
Presumably you meant "are *not* actually going to O'Hare". That's true, but express doesn't (usually) mean just two stops - very often they bypass just the smaller stops. At the northwest end of the blue line (just before ORD), the Cumberland and Rosemont stops service very large park-and-ride facilities. Still, the question is where would you put the extra track - the northwest leg of the blue line is three-quarters subway tunnel or the median of I-90. Expanding either would be an utterly massive undertaking. Nor do the elevated parts usually have a lot of room to grow horizontally.
At least the Metra NCS line is triple track, but I don't think they run any true expresses on there (and there's considerable freight traffic).