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Old 04-01-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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If each OASIS were to have escalators leading below towards the CTA trains running along I-294 or I-90 corridor would you park n ride? Adding CTA stations below each of the OASIS a good idea? What do you think? I think it would be very convenient park your car, grab a star bucks on my way towards the escalators leading to the trains below. This way you have more options if you don't live near a Metra line. I think a lot of people would use it but parking may be an issue. Each Oasis can construct parking garages on each side for more parking.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:45 AM
 
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Of course you'd also gave to extend the CTA. If I were to live out that far I'd take Metra since it has no where as many stops.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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I figure it would be an alternative instead of just having lines running towards downtown. I heard there was once a proposed "Circle Line" for CTA I wonder what ever happen to it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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A good first step, before the capital can be raised and the lines built, is express buses along the tollway. For example, why not express buses from Schaumburg to Bolingbrook with intermediate stop at Downers Grove? A natural, you could ride the bus for the same cost as the toll you'd pay. The Circle line was quietly dropped but would have been great. It could have been combined with a Metra Maxistation at Paulina, Western and Kedzie stations closed, allowing quick access to McCormick Place, Sox and Cubs games.

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Old 04-01-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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A good first step, before the capital can be raised and the lines built, is express buses along the tollway. For example, why not express buses from Schaumburg to Bolingbrook with intermediate stop at Downers Grove? A natural, you could ride the bus for the same cost as the toll you'd pay. The Circle line was quietly dropped but would have been great. It could have been combined with a Metra Maxistation at Paulina, Western and Kedzie stations closed, allowing quick access to McCormick Place, Sox and Cubs games.
The Circle Line hasn't been dropped, it's just been deprioritized because, rightly, the CTA recognized your existing system needs to be in good shape before it makes sense to start adding to it.

I wouldn't be an advocate of extending existing CTA lines as far out as where there are toll plazas. The kind of trains the CTA runs are not really designed with such distances in mind. Besides, other than for special events, who exactly is going to get in their car, drive to a toll plaza, get on a train and ride all the way downtown or to some suburban location where you'd be quite limited in what you could do without a car anyway? Most of the suburbs aren't well-suited for pedestrian use, especially not most of the ones as far out as the toll plazas. There is no way the ridership would be high enough to meet the farebox recovery mandate which means you'd be having urban riders subsidizing suburban riders, which would just be wrong on so many levels.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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I think Metra service is enough. I can see extending the CTA out a bit along the Yellow, Red, and Maybe blue line. I can see extending the pink line a bit but the tollways are just too far. Many burbs have Metra service as it stands now.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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If each OASIS were to have escalators leading below towards the CTA trains running along I-294 or I-90 corridor would you park n ride? Adding CTA stations below each of the OASIS a good idea? What do you think? I think it would be very convenient park your car, grab a star bucks on my way towards the escalators leading to the trains below. This way you have more options if you don't live near a Metra line. I think a lot of people would use it but parking may be an issue. Each Oasis can construct parking garages on each side for more parking.
Who will provided the money to construct the rail service?
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Who will provided the money to construct the rail service?
Illinois tax payers
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