Thursday, March 11, 2010

A High-Speed Rail Station Proposal Close to the Sloop?

It's been hard to miss the talk about infrastructure improvements proposed by Barack Obama's White House. The one component that has us most excited is the potential for high-speed rail and Chicago serving as the main hub for the Midwest network. We've posted about this before here.

Today we read a post by the Chicago Tribune Cityscapes blog about a conceptual sketch for a high speed rail station on Harrison just west of the Chicago River. Although this is just an idea and by no means probably happening, it would be great to have this asset in the Sloop (or very close to the Sloop since this area is up for dispute as to whether or not it's in the Sloop).

Anyway, a good read if you're into the high speed rail discussion.

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Anonymous said...

This would be a bad location because there is no direct connection between the high speed trains and the Metra trains, or even regular Amtrak trains, if they continue to use Union Station. To transfer between such trains people have to leave the high-speed station and walk, or take a taxi, to Union Station. Any high speed station has to directly connect with Union Station.

Carl said...

Access to that area makes no sense, the property to the immediate South is the new Post Office complex.

FGFM said...

Interesting article on the lot kitty-corner from this:

Grand possibility for rail terminal site in South Loop

Carl said...

With River City is to the immediate South, I'm not sure how that would work.