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A unified push to revamp Union Station: Today’s Juice


Specifically, in an unprecedented but unheralded (until now) action, Amtrak and the states of Illinois and Michigan, joined by Metra, Chicago and Cook County, are working together to seek a huge grant as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, envisioning what eventually would be $850 million in work in and around the historic train depot.

Some of the work is in the station, including engineering for a complete rebuild of the station’s beyond-outmoded engineering system, $30 million or so for internal redesign to make the station flow better, and both engineering and construction to open a badly needed new platform by rebuilding the long abandoned mail-train platform. With sidings, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, it will be able to handle four trains at once, something that those who have had to wait for a clear track to finish their trip will appreciate.

The bigger part of the first phase is outside the station. It will focus on building new track and realigning and making better use of the St. Charles Air Line bridge in the South Loop. Doing so will allow Metra to run trains south using Metra Electric and Rock Island tracks rather than relying on often congested Canadian National freight tracks.

That should allow both Metra and Amtrak trains to travel faster.

The work also will allow direct service from O’Hare International Airport to McCormick Place via Union Station—a key move that high-speed rail advocates consider a crucial piece of their plans for fast passenger trains nationwide.

We have this


Oh. Well dang.

A new regional-railway station (Metra network) is now under construction on the southside.


This is on the Rock Island Line, which connects Chicago to the beautiful city of Joliet.

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Please close the thread

Why is this suggested?


is there a reason for all-caps?

that thread is for high-rises; what thread would a new regional-rail station go into?

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Maybe merge this with the CTA development thread to keep all train news for IL in a central location. And create a new thread for the general development of buildings under X feet/floors.

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The Paris metro arch will be removed from the Metra station. It was a gift from Chicago. An accessible entrance will go in its place.

This will be removed:

This will be the replacement:


That’s too bad.

I meant to say that it was a gift from Paris. The article says:

And according to the Chicago Park District, Paris’s transit authority, the RATP, crafted the Van Buren station ornament using Guimard’s original molds, then donated the finished product with the help of the Union League Club of Chicago.

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Such a great project!