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Old 04-02-2008, 08:46 PM
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Random question:

How many of you guys out there work in the city, live in the burbs and take the metra to work?
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:54 PM
Location: Chicago
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Not I. I work in the city and live in the city. I take the bus and walk to work or just walk all the way.

You might be better off asking this question in the burbs thread.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:04 PM
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If I could, I would. I know a guy who lives in Bucktown who takes the Metra, a good friend of mine who lives in Roger's Park also takes the Metra, another co-worker of mine currently lives in Ravenswood and takes the Metra, and I used to take the Metra to the LOOP when I lived in the Ravenswood neighborhood about six years ago. Quite frankly, I enjoyed my experience riding the Metra more than the 'el', it was much more reliable and it took a lot less time to get downtown.

So yes, there are plenty of people who live in the city and take the Metra. It is a very decent way to get to work.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:08 PM
Location: Chicago
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Yeah, I'd guess most people in the city, except those lucky enough to live close enough to metra stops, either take the CTA or drive. You should ask this question to those in the suburbs forum.

Although I can say that at our corp headquarters 85% of the employees take public transportation to work. So chances are that most people who commute into the city take Metra.
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:39 PM
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In my old job, of the 65 people in the department, only 4 drove every day. So roughly 90%+ of the people either walked or took public transport. Most people took Metra. At my new job I've talked to a few people who get rides or drive, but a vast majority take Metra. I can always tell cause people around me hussle out at exactly the same time every day. I love that I live in the city, and I'm never on a schedule. I just hop on the Brown Line whenever I feel like going home. Every time we have drinking outtings after work, it always turns into the city folk trying to talk the suburb folks into waiting an hour for their next train.

Then they get wasted and end up crashing on someone's couch.

It's so hard to park downtown anyway. I think the current stats are around 310,000 rides per weekday on Metra, an all time high. The L carries around 600,000 rides per day, and 1,000,000 rides given on the CTA busses.
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:48 PM
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I live in Berwyn and take Metra. I get to work faster than some of my friends who live in the city. And yes, it is a pain that later at night it only runs once an hour depending on which train you're catching (I've been talked into that "stay for one more hour!" while out for drinks too). But it is reliable as hell (at least the BNSF line), and for $65 for a monthly pass, the price cant be beat.

And I think 75% is a good round number for our office too..almost no one drives.
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