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Old September 18th, 2007, 05:30 AM   #1
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Chicago Suburban Metra rail station area pics

This is a transportation photo thread.

These pictures look at the recent development in close walking distance to the Suburban commuter rail stations [ http://www.metrarail.com/ ] on the Union Pacific northwest line [yellow].

I included a map to give one reference where these pictures were taken.
In a somewhat mixed up order, I took photos next to the Metra stations in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, DesPlaines, and Park Ridge.

I guess the point of this tread is to show that the Chicago building boom is not just confined to the downtown areas alone. Feel free to add any train station related development to this tread. Eventually I would like to have a photo album of the entire Metra system.























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Old September 18th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #2
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Oak Park:
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Old photo, has since been completed!:
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Elmhurst (from last winter):
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Those are just what I have from my own pictures... I bet there are much better ones out there.
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ILLINOIS - INDIANA | METRA & NICTD

The Main public transport thread was getting to cluttered so I created this one for Chicago's Metra Diesel & Electric Networks & Northern Indiana's South Shore Line..

Ridership : 284,700 (2015) (METRA) & 11,600 (2015) (NICTD)
System Size : 90 miles (140 km) - (NICTD) & 487.7 mi (784.9 km - (METRA)
Stations : 19 (NICTD) & 241 (METRA)
Lines : 1 (NICTD) & 11 (METRA)
Proposed/Planned Lines : SouthEast Service (METRA) & West Lake Corridor (NICTD)
Electrification : 1500 V DC on Metra Electric & South Shore Line

Map of the 2 Systems

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Some Metra Diesel Commuter Rail photos from Jonathan Lee


Last Light at Congress Park
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Riverdale Southbound
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Transfer at Riverdale
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How Much Longer?
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Region lays rail plans for the future



The Wolverine Amtrak train travels east from Chicago to Niles, Mich., through the Porter Junction. The $74 million Indiana Gateway project includes separating tracks at Porter Junction, where 14 Amtrak trains and 90 freight trains per day now cross paths.

20 hours ago • By Keith Benman [email protected]

Amtrak passenger rail and the South Shore commuter railroad also continue to plan and secure funding for their plans in the region.

The $74 million Indiana Gateway project, which will help speed Amtrak trains into Chicago, is already underway and should be complete within a couple of years. A key part of the project involves separating tracks at Porter Junction, where 14 Amtrak trains and 90 freight trains per day now cross paths.
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Union Station overhaul inches forward with $7 million in planning grants

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The One Percent Express

Metra F40PH 135, the 'Village of Arlington Heights', leads UP-North Line train 341, (the "One Percent Express", "Millionaire's Special", et cetera...) away from Northwestern Junction (where the West Line splits from the Northwest and North lines out of Ogilvie Transportation Center) on its way north towards the North Shore suburbs and ultimately Kenosha, Wisconsin. The train owes its nicknames to ex-CNW / RTA private club car 553, aka the 'Deerpath', long a tradition for well-to-do commuters on the North Line. In the distance, two trains on the West Line pass each other beside the Blommer Chocolate plant, source of an intoxicatingly delicious smell that often drifts throughout the north and west parts of downtown Chicago.

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From Railway Gazette:

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FTA announces TOD grants
16 Sep 2015

USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced grants totalling $19·5m from its Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program on September 14. The funding will go towards detailed planning in 17 metropolitan areas.

‘Transit-oriented development is critical to the success of new projects and to the economy of the local communities they serve’, said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan.

Six of the 21 projects concern BRT corridors. The remaining 15 cover a mixture of urban rail modes

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Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District is to receive $300 000 to study TOD at stations along the planned 15 km West Lake extension of the South Shore Line from Hammond to Dyer

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I've heard rumors of a possible improved rail connection from Chicago to Indy that would greatly reduce travel time between the two cities. I realize this thread is more focused on Northern Indiana/Illinois, but does anyone have insight for such a rumor?
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I've heard rumors of a possible improved rail connection from Chicago to Indy that would greatly reduce travel time between the two cities. I realize this thread is more focused on Northern Indiana/Illinois, but does anyone have insight for such a rumor?
I think Iowa Pacific which owns the corridor intends to upgrade it for faster passenger service.
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Does anybody knows what results showed 2011 study for Michigan City realignment if it was completed?
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Does anybody knows what results showed 2011 study for Michigan City realignment if it was completed?
It was released in 2012 ,http://www.transportchicago.org/uplo...ealignment.pdf
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Videos from Amtrak on Chicago Gateway projects:



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Metra Diesel Commuter Rail


Beer Run
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Train Time at Lake Villa
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METX 9 at 16th Street Tower
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Foggy Outbound
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La Salle Canyon
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North Avenue Yard
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F40PH Meet at Brookfield
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METRA Electric


Track 2, Van Buren Street
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Third Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Chicago

Commuter Rail
Illinois / METRA - 301,300 (2015) : 8.17%
Northern IN / orthern IN Commuter TD - 12,700 (2015) : 0.41%
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Clybourn Junction
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Cold Skies
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Idling
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Over / Under, In / Out
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Commuter Varnish
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Festive Signals
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Metra debuts new seats on some railcars

(Jan. 26, 2016) – Metra announced plans to launch into service the first of 30 railcars featuring a new style of seats with armrests, built-in cup holders and better head, neck and lumbar support. Railcar 7437 is the first to be equipped with the new seating and will be put in service this week on the Milwaukee District lines.

Metra plans to add the new seating to two cars per month between now and the end of the year on all Metra lines except the Metra Electric as part of a pilot program. Customers who use the news seats will be asked to provide feedback starting in February.

“These new seats offer amenities our customers have never had before – cup holders, armrests and higher backs,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “We will be asking our customers to give us feedback about the new seats, and we hope they like them and find them to be more comfortable than the current seating.”

The new blue-and-gray vinyl seats were purchased last fall after Metra feedback collected from customers indicated that more than half preferred the new seats to the old ones.

The new higher-backed seats are stationary, meaning that depending upon the direction of travel, half of the seats will be backward-facing positions.

Metra is not spending any extra funding on the new seats; they are being installed in cars whose seats need replacement anyway, and rather than replace them with the old bench style we are replacing them with the new style. The new seats cost Metra the same as the older seats, but there are more manufacturers of this style in the rail industry, which is expected to keep the prices competitive and possibly drive down future costs. The new seats are manufactured by Kustom Seating Unlimited of Bellwood.

The new seats are being used on 30 railcars going through Metra’s Amerail car rehabilitation program. The cars are being refurbished in-house, by Metra workers with years of experience, dedication and know-how. Metra has streamlined processes over the past several years to create an ultra-efficient operation that can strip and fully rebuild a car in just 32 days.

The entire Amerail fleet, built between 1995 and 1998, includes 97 railcars and 79 cab cars and is expected to be fully rehabilitated by the end of this year. This work will extend the life of the cars by 12 to 15 years; with future rehabs Metra expects to extend the cars’ life to 50 years of service or more. The work costs about $650,000 in materials and labor per car compared to $2.5 million to $3 million for a new railcar. This represents a savings of about 75 percent.

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