Chicago in the running for billions in new transportation funds: Buttigieg

Among possible contenders: rebuilding DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Union Station, extending the Blue Line and 75th Street rail work.

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Triviald
Triviald
432 · 5 months ago · Reddit

More access, more trips, more consistency, more safety. A successful mass transit system needs that.

Armitando
Armitando
305 · 5 months ago · Reddit

All I want is a fucking radial line to connect from the Red to the Blue up north so I don't have to go all the way downtown and then back up.

the3trainthatcould
the3trainthatcould
157 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Betcha Lori's gonna find some way to divert the money to highways because Chicago’s a "cAr cItY."

f-society_ecorp
f-society_ecorp
132 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Speed up the western side of the blue line. Creeping along at 5 mph down 290 is insane.

jamminjoshy
jamminjoshy
131 · 5 months ago · Reddit

There's a lot of things that transit in Chicago needs. Fulton Market Metra station sounds like a want by the wealthy and well connected Chicagoans.

Extend the red line. Electrify busses. Add more north/​south lines so you you don't have to go to the loop to transfer. Make stations ADA compliant. Fix the leaks in underground stations. Yeah those are all CTA not metra, but we're talking about the same pot of money.

bagelman4000
bagelman4000
65 · 5 months ago · Reddit

I’d say the funds should be used for speeding up electrification of the busses and possibly Ashland BRT along with work on making all stations ADA compliant

wtfsoda
wtfsoda
62 · 5 months ago · Reddit

it's going to have to compete against other regions and tailor its proposals

Hear me out gang:

Dirigibles.

Loop to O'Hare in 15 minutes. Just imagine waving to your loved ones on approach to pick them up.

otwkme
otwkme
51 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Maybe fix rusting overpasses before they fail before building new ones.

Some of the bnsf metra overpasses are an accident waiting to happen. Actually, they’re past the point where failure would be an accident. I’m sure they aren’t the only ones in Chicago.

JoeBagofDonuts1
JoeBagofDonuts1
47 · 5 months ago · Reddit

I want Chicago to lead the way for bullet trains.

SaintPsalmNorthChi
SaintPsalmNorthChi
39 · 5 months ago · Reddit

The strongest option for Chicago would be new L rail above existing rail east of Cicero Avenue to connect the near west sides of sides of the city.

It would intersect metra stations, the blue line (twice), pink, and could have a station at the 90/​94 interchange to allow BRT via CTA into the city or PACE to the suburbs.

If there was massive funding you could connect it as far as Skokie or go all the way to midway and connect to the orange line.

Most of that new rail would need to be Elevated, but you could potentially build new subway with extra funding.

TY4G
TY4G
37 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Can they renovate the Lasalle blue line station? It looks like the set of a horror flick and it’s not accessible.

Dellguy
Dellguy
31 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Anyone know what the article said about the blue line extension l?

FiveNightsAtFazolis
FiveNightsAtFazolis
28 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Give me a brown line extension to the blue line and bus-only lanes, or give me death!

travelerrr91
travelerrr91
27 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Someone needs to tell me why we don’t just extend the brown line to the blue line. I get that it’s not cheap or easy, but wouldn’t it be way easier than extending the blue line into the suburbs? Brown to blue would also benefit not just residents but tourists… I don’t get it.

Atlas3141
Atlas3141
25 · 5 months ago · Reddit

My personal wishlist in somewhat order of cost:

  1. Sign on bonuses and increased wages to get staffing back to normal.
  2. Electric buses and new 7000s to replace the 2000s train sets
  3. Upgraded electric on the blue line to handle newer trains
  4. A protected bike lane from the Lake Shore Trail through the parks to downtown
  5. New Green Line Stations on Western and Damen
  6. 606 treatment for disused rail lines in the south side like the Paseo
  7. A bike path down the river from the 606 to downtown
  8. Extend the brown line to meet the blue line'
  9. Electrify Metra service where possible
  10. Red line extension
  11. Loop line on 63rd/​51st, Ashland/​Western, Irving Park/​Belmont/​Montrose
  12. Outer loop line on 95th/​Cicero/​Yellow line
ifcoffeewereblue
ifcoffeewereblue
13 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Fixing the current system and adding a circle line to connect without going to the loop are waaaayyy more important than extending imo. And while we're at it, maybe spend that money hiring people so we can have buses that arrive more than once an hour...

f-society_ecorp
f-society_ecorp
11 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Speed up the western side of the blue line. Creeping along at 5 mph down 290 is insane.

European_Red_Fox
European_Red_Fox
8 · 5 months ago · Reddit

As much of these funds as possible should be used for repairs of our aged rail infrastructure that needed to be fixed yesterday not new shiny things some dickhead politician can parade.

onlydabestofdabest
onlydabestofdabest
7 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Large swaths of the city without safe connections to train stations, but sure, let’s give Fulton Market more attention.

Wet_Forehead
Wet_Forehead
7 · 5 months ago · Reddit

I say they use all that money for a cross town line connecting the lines with a semicircle more west from the loop

RyFromTheChi
RyFromTheChi
6 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Man I’d love for a train to come through the wasteland of Portage Park and Belmont Cragin.

ukvillwill
ukvillwill
5 · 5 months ago · Reddit

Concrete protected bike lane network for the whole city. It’s so cheap and easy - we already know how to make bollards, curbs and Jersey barriers.