“The role of public transport in a
So with that said, below are some ideas that Sloopin has in regards to solving that problem. Our options focus on the Central and South Cluster as those are probably the two most critical to
The image below is a divided into three different illustrations:
- Far Left Map - is the current CTA and Metra maps with the proposed Olympic venues marked with the “X”. The Red “X’’s are venues and the Black “X” is the Olympic Village.
- Center Map – is the same map, with the addition of the black line. This black line marks railroad tracks that currently run the Metra,
and commercial train. Our idea revolves around using these tracks for a new CTA line (so we must assume this is a possibility). Since it’s expensive and often legally tough to get new real estate for trains, it seems that these are already there and could be used to address some of the concerns of the IOC. We will get into the specifics later. South Shore
- Far Right Map – are the different options our ideas. We’ve numbered the options to reflect our opinion in terms of ease, cost and planning (so option 1 is the most likely and option 3 would be the least likely). These options take into account current planning by the RTA (see earlier post). The connector idea will ultimately connect the black line to the green line and create a “South”
So now that you’ve seen the bigger picture, let’s dive deeper into each option:
Option 1 – The 16th and 18th street station
As you can see by the illustration below, the black line already stops at 27th (where the Olympic village would be),
The way to connect this to the EL is by utilizing the commercial train tracks that turn west at
The black line would connect to the existing EL lines at 16th between
The pros for Option 1 are as follows:
- Utilizes existing train track real estate. This would enable the city to build over or use existing tracks, which probably would save a lot of money.
- City would not need to take over real estate or drastically change existing lines
- It connects to all key South and Central Cluster venues to the greater EL system
- It connects
McCormick Placeand the Olympic village to the Main Stadium in Jackson Park.
- Creates a new developmental corridor on 16th – 18th street
The cons/questions for Option 1 are:
- Could the EL use the commercial tracks on
- How expensive would this be?
Option 2 – Cermak Station
This option is very similar to Option 1, however it won’t access the
Option 2 calls for the black line to run either under or over ground along Cermak and connect with the Green line at Cermak between
The pros for Option 2 are as follows:
- See Option 1 pros
- Creates a new developmental corridor leading to McCormick place (good for tourists and conventions)
- It has adequate space between the
Rooseveltstop (which is on the 1200 block. Option 1 - the 16th station obviously will only be 4 blocks away from Roosevelt)
The cons/questions for Option 2 are:
- The city would have to build on
Cermak Street, which could be costly.
- People have raised concerns about the neighborhood in this area (however, by 2016 we think the neighborhood will look very different especially if this type of development happens).
Option 3 –
Option 3 could be the best, however our guess is that it would cost the most and have the biggest disruption to the current system and city. Again, the bulk of the idea is to use the existing Metra and South Shore train tracks that go along the south portion of LSD, through Grant Park and finally ending at Randolph street (under Millennium Park).
The biggest question is how and where would this line connect to the existing EL system. In the illustration below, you can see the black line eventually linking to the Red Line at State and
- It provides closer public transit access to the lake front (IOC concern)
- It does a better job of linking to all existing El lines and the
Loop Has potential to link to the Block 37 Super Station (if that ever happens) and both airports
- It still connects to
McCormick Place, the Olympic Village and the Main Stadium
However, the biggest concern in our mind would be how much would this cost? To connect this in the loop seems like it would be very expensive.
Olympic Line Connector
This is used in all three of our ideas and would link the existing green line tracks to the existing Metra and
As you can see, the idea calls for this new Black Line (or Olympic Line which I’m sure the IOC would like) to run counter clockwise.
Overall, all of the ideas try to address the IOC’s concerns:
- Closer public transit train access to venues and the lakefront
- Ability to move thousands of athletes, spectators and officials to all of the venues
We also tried to avoid ridiculous, costly projects and ideas since the bid team is trying to not make this too costly (Option 3 probably would cost some coin).
So this is Sloopin's Grand Plan. Please let us know if you agree, how you would change things or just plainly what you think?
We have some other thoughts on the Olympics and development, but we will tackle those later.
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