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Old January 13th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #661
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Great and Splendid pictures
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I love the temporary possible art created by snow and ice although it may be difficult for some persons.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 11:26 PM   #662
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I know it's winter, but i still have pics from summer
O'Hare
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Old January 24th, 2014, 06:21 PM   #663
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My favorite of the bunch:
(would love to see it in blue-tone, or sepia-tone, if you can do it)

Ashland station by Thanasis Alatsidis, on Flickr[/QUOTE]
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Old February 13th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #664
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Old February 14th, 2014, 12:02 AM   #665
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Old February 14th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #666
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Very strange how the three downtown blueline stations all share one gigantic platform
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Old February 14th, 2014, 02:15 AM   #667
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Very strange how the three downtown blueline stations all share one gigantic platform
I found it kind of odd too.
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Old February 14th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #668
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I think the red line is similar too.
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Old February 14th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #669
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I believe the stations are actually set up that way because the loop is so dense that having stations every couple of blocks allows for even more direct proximity to a lot more offices.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 07:53 AM   #670
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Old February 25th, 2014, 08:31 AM   #671
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Very strange how the three downtown blueline stations all share one gigantic platform
I don't understand - how does this work?
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Old February 25th, 2014, 09:47 AM   #672
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I don't understand - how does this work?
The platform, which is built between two tracks, spans 3 stations long. The train first stops at one end of the platform (1st station), then moves to the middle of the platform (2nd station), and then moves to the other end of the platform (3rd station). You can basically walk from one station to another one along the platform.

=[==========][===========][===========]= <- track
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| Jackson Monroe Washington | <- continuous platform
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Old February 25th, 2014, 11:44 AM   #673
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Basically you could walk from one station to another one along the platform but... now you cant, they blocked the way.
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that's unfortunate
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Old February 26th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #675
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It would be nice, right? I think they blocked the passage due to the security seasons.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 06:04 PM   #676
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Old February 27th, 2014, 06:55 PM   #677
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I don't understand - how does this work?
It's fairly simple really. It's just a cut and cover subway running down Dearborn Street (there's an almost exact copy of it one street over running down State Street for the red line).

The north and west branches of the blue line as well as the north and south branches of the red line basically were designed to bring people from the rest of the city to the Loop financial district. There are around 500,000 employees plus tens of thousands of college students, all the city government as well as state and federal government and tons of hotels/tourists confined in a very small and tight area.

Since you're going to have packed trains full of people coming from all directions getting off the subway in one area, they extended the platform to run the distance of around 7 city blocks through the heard of the financial district. The trains stop 3 times along this area, stop and let people off, go 2 blocks, stop and let people off, go 2 blocks...

It works out very well, as all the stops are extremely busy, but not to the point that it's gridlock of an ENTIRE train trying to get out of the train or onto the train at once. Plus there isn't one point in the financial district that you have to get off. Along a 7 block area (basically the entire district) you can just get off at the stop that's closest to your office, city hall, class, stores or whatever you're trying to do. As you walk down Dearborn or State you basically have subway stations on every corner of every block as you walk (since there are two exits for each station at opposite ends of the station, then the next station starts on the next block).

That core is literally one square KM or a little larger with nothing but 10-100 story office buildings all smashed together. It's extremely crowded during morning and evening rush hours, and busy at all times during the day.

If you look in the map below, the red and blue lines are easily the busiest in the city, and they are subway through the center of the city. In the bottom left insert you can see the red and blue enter the core of the city next to each other, run through that core and then out the other direction. In the middle of that loop is where you find one solid platform with the Jackson, Monroe and Washington/Lake stations spread out every few blocks.

It's the same thing for the leevated loop. The loop portion is 5 blocks wide and 7 blocks long. 5 train lines come in and leave at different sections, run opposite directions and stop 9 times in the loop, every few blocks as they go around. Hardly anyone will have to go all the way around the loop, as most trains except the Green Line just go back the way they came. The green line only covers two half of the loop.

The blue and red line trains are through trains as they travel across downtown, but it only takes a few minutes to make those stops downtown - and most people are transfering or getting off anyway.

The loop is a jungle of tightly packed buildings:

https://maps.google.com/?ll=41.88281...08256&t=k&z=18

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Basically you could walk from one station to another one along the platform but... now you cant, they blocked the way.
Actually I believe you are still free to walk the entire way if you wanted (although no one ever did - just stay on your train until you get to the spot where you want to leave).

The place where I think they cut it off (I should know, I take it every day but don't pay full attention I guess between stops.) is where they wanted to build the "super station" between the red and blue lines and cut through at Washington before the project got cut by the recession. I think there it's not possible to walk anymore because the platform were severed in that "dead area" between stations.

There use to be 4 stations along the Red Line's huge platform. Jackson, Monroe, Washington and Lake. They closed down Washington as it was literally RIGHT next to Lake. When I was on the north side of Washington and would just miss getting on the train, I could literally run up the platform and get the last car of the train as it was stopped at Lake. It was pretty funny, although kinda useless to have the stops so close like that. I know they wanted Washington because there was a tunnel linking it direclty to the Blue Line. Not sure why they needed Lake though, except that it's right at the most busy part of the northeast loop there by Michigan and Wacker.

As it is now, you can walk from the NORTH side of the Blue Line Washington stop through a new retail complex below ground and then into the SOUTH end of the Red Line Lake station. I do it every day. It's still very easy, but the Red Line Washington station is gone forever.
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I know they wanted Washington because there was a tunnel linking it direclty to the Blue Line. Not sure why they needed Lake though, except that it's right at the most busy part of the northeast loop there by Michigan and Wacker.
Pretty sure the Lake station is there to provide transfer to the elevated lines.
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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