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Old March 14th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #241
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Do you guys have any limited stop routes?
Buses? Sure we have some express buses along the north and south lakefront...but I can't think of the routes specifically offhand.
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Fwd. What do you mean for your sentence: Do you guys have any limited stop routes?

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I assumed he meant express-ish routes. Limited stops, not stopping at every major street.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #242
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in milan the stops arent' very frequent like chicago i think every 3-4 blocks
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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:40 AM   #243
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there's a new movie called "Source Code" where a Metra train blows up. The film was shot in Chicago, Orland Park, Skokie and La Grange (and also Montreal). Really exciting stuff
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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #244
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there's a new movie called "Source Code" where a Metra train blows up. The film was shot in Chicago, Orland Park, Skokie and La Grange (and also Montreal). Really exciting stuff
Here is the trailer for Source Code.

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Old March 15th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #245
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Buses? Sure we have some express buses along the north and south lakefront...but I can't think of the routes specifically offhand.


I assumed he meant express-ish routes. Limited stops, not stopping at every major street.
Yeah, usually stopping only where other major bus/metro lines cross, kind of like a bus version of New York's Local/Express subway service for those confused as to what I'm talking about.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #246
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how is the system of express bus in ny? sorry i dont'know. In blue line of chicago there are express train? I saw two but at the hotel the receptionist said that is ugual service
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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #247
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In blue line of chicago there are express train?
No. Only the Purple line has "express" service.

Every once in a while (depending on delays, passenger loading, etc) some trains will run "express" based on supervisor decision on the fly. In order to maintain a schedule, a train will skip 3 or 4 stops and run express. But this is not normal service and is only announced on the train before it starts to skip. It happens frequently on the Blue Line during rush hours.
I'm not sure how NYC's express buses (if any) work, but just look at any MTA map and you can see how the express trains function.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 04:57 AM   #248
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Hello, very nice pictures of chicago rail.

a question. Is it true that in Chicago there is the World's Longest Subway Platform?
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Old March 17th, 2011, 05:24 AM   #249
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^Probably. I think its between Jackson and Monroe on the Red line?

Technically 2 stations.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 05:31 AM   #250
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Washington as well until the whole Block 37 debacle began. I don't see it as much of a problem though for Red-Blue transfers. The only time it's a problem is when you are coming from the north and need head back up north...then you need to go all the way to Jackson and head back up.

I disagree on your other point though, at each "entrance" to the Loop you have a transfer for Red and Blue to the Loop elevated lines: Clark, State, and Jackson. Lake and Jackson transfers are indeed free, even though you leave the system.

Every single major street has a bus route. Admittedly, I HATE buses, but the city is well served by them. Also, Michigan Ave is a mere two blocks from the Red line...


I can't see walk-through capability (I think I know what you are talking about) because again of the tight turns. I bet it's possible, but why bother?
Yes, but for a city it's size Chicago's metro system seems a bit anemic. Of course we know the reason why that is and it's just a struggle in the US to maintain current systems. Also due to suburban flight a lot of the system is underutilized. What amazes me about US systems is how infrequent a lot of lines are.

The exception for Chicago seems to be the Red line, by all accounts it's bursting at the seams. The favoured quarter in Chicago seems to be the North and North West, and looking at the map the Red line is quite a way from the coast in parts.

One Idea could be to have a new line along Michigan Avenue. The Southern end could connect with the Orange line and divert it to the new line. One option would go via South Michigan past the Museums or turn west along W Madison before Olgive Train station before heading south on Clinton to Join up with the Orange there. The new line could run a block in from the coast as far North as demand warranted, say, along North Clark and North Broadway. In the future you could have branches going west to cover gaps in transit coverage. I imagine most of the cities nightlife is and leisure options are concentrated North of the Loop. Routes that connected the North Western suburbs and the gold coast and Downtown would be very popular rather than direct to down town.

Here is an example

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=...41b010efee23ea
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Old March 17th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #251
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One Idea could be to have a new line along Michigan Avenue. The Southern end could connect with the Orange line and divert it to the new line. One option would go via South Michigan past the Museums or turn west along W Madison before Olgive Train station before heading south on Clinton to Join up with the Orange there. The new line could run a block in from the coast as far North as demand warranted, say, along North Clark and North Broadway. In the future you could have branches going west to cover gaps in transit coverage. I imagine most of the cities nightlife is and leisure options are concentrated North of the Loop. Routes that connected the North Western suburbs and the gold coast and Downtown would be very popular rather than direct to down town.
Check out the Circle Line project. It's basically what you are suggesting, but using already existing infrastructure where possible. There's no reason why a new line must be built on Michigan when there is already a line 1 block away on S Michigan, 2 blocks away in the Loop, and 3 blocks away on N Michigan. North of Division though I really would like to see the Lakefront get more rail access.

I know what you mean though. By far Chicago's density and busyness runs North and South...it's a very linear city in many ways and the Lakefront is somewhat under-served by rail transit.

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Possibly. The State St subway and Dearborn Subway (nearly identical) both have long continuous platforms. Theoretically I believe you can walk from Jackson all the way to Lake on the Red Line, or Jackson to Washington on the Blue. However, this is all being messed up by the Block 37 project (with closed platforms, construction, etc)

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Old March 17th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #252
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Except the Circle line used the Red Line as well. I think the main challenge for Chicago is that once the North Red line has been rebuilt, then what. It will have a bit more capacity, but not for long. A new North South Line between the North Side and Downtown should be seriously considered. The North Side is effectively Chicagos West End. A line with branches into the North Western Suburbs would transform how the city functions. From what I have read online a lot of people seem to socialise/shop or often work along the North Shore.

Of course it would be miracle for any of this to happen under the current political climate in the US.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #253
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Possibly. The State St subway and Dearborn Subway (nearly identical) both have long continuous platforms. Theoretically I believe you can walk from Jackson all the way to Lake on the Red Line, or Jackson to Washington on the Blue. However, this is all being messed up by the Block 37 project (with closed platforms, construction, etc)

thanks for the clarification Northsider.


How many meters between stations?


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Old March 19th, 2011, 10:54 PM   #254
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~565m from Jackson to Washington, ~835m from Jackson to Lake.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #255
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isnt that Poebe from "Friends" here on the left?

Of course not! It's Ursula from Mad About You.
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April 3 - by this date Metra will start service to a new station on the South Side. On the Rock Island Line at 35th Street. It's supposed to be ready in time for CWS home opener. I believe this is the first brand new train station in Chicago since Grand/Cicero opened up in Dec 2006.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 01:39 PM   #257
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Photo of the Lovana S. "Lou" Jones/Bronzeville Metra Station (also known as the 35th Street Metra Station).
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Old March 30th, 2011, 07:05 AM   #258
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Metra's UP North plan called 'an improvement'
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9:21 p.m. CDT, March 29, 2011

More than 100 people turned out at a public forum on the North Side this evening to view plans to rebuild bridges and embankments along Metra's Union Pacific North Line.

Comments from residents were generally positive about the project, and people expressed appreciation that they were afforded the opportunity to see close-up details of the proposed bridge rebuilding as well as renderings of new landscaping along streets adjacent to the UP North tracks.

"It's an improvement, no question about it," said Joe Hayes, owner of several commercial properties along the UP North. "They're spending a lot of money."

Hayes said the impact of making traffic one-way on parts of Ravenswood Avenue and Leland Avenue would be minor.

Residents were more concerned about new retaining walls and landscaping along the Metra line than they were about the rebuilding of the bridges.

Wilma Johnson said she was concerned that one of the new retaining walls would create a "canyon."

"I guess this is necessary but I'm concerned the wall may be too high," said Johnson, who has lived in the neighborhood her entire life and who also sells real estate in the area. "I want it to look pretty."

Stephen Christy, a landscape architect hired by Metra, said some of the green space along the tracks would be larger because the city plans to reduce the width of some streets.

Other residents expressed concerns about noise and vibration from trains.

Joe Lorenzini, Metra's engineer, said sound walls would mitigate noise problems. In places where vibrations would be excessive, Metra plans to reduce the speed of trains to bring vibration levels down, he said.

Kim Allen, who uses the Ravenswood Metra station, the most heavily used on the UP North Line, was unhappy that Metra has no plans for an elevator or escalator. The station is being rebuilt as part of the project.

Lorenzini said the new station would have ramps making it compliant with federal disability law. But concerns about maintenance and vandalism prevented Metra from installing elevators and escalators, he said.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #259
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Nice pictures ChitownCity! You get a real feel for the CTA and city of Chicago.
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