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Old Posted Jan 5, 2021, 8:51 PM
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Originally Posted by galleyfox View Post
I’m curious about the motivation. If the developers just want to build a shopping mall and high-rises, and some federal agency is doing some back-scratching...then go for it and drop the transit charade.

Because otherwise the only plan that would interest and benefit both the city and the developer would be to tunnel under the Loop and somehow connect the Metra Electric to either Ogilvie or Union tracks. And I can’t even imagine how many billions that would cost.

Fantasy Chicago Transit Fix-it Map
Source: Alon Levy
Speaking of which Quinn Kasal, a transportation planner, wrote up a very good critque on One Central's transit plan. It's worth a read, the short version is that rerouting Orange Line and BNSF trains will halve frequencies and reduce overall usefulness.
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