New Commuter Rail proposal would suppliment Amtrak - Chicago -Milwaukee

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Posted by CMStPnP on Monday, April 23, 2018 7:47 PM

A flyover at A2? Good luck with getting enough $$ for that project. Regarding triple-tracking the North line--where? Metra removed the 3rd track between CY and Evanston (although with significant bridge work it could be rebuilt); there's no room through Hubbard Woods or Winnetka or Lake Bluff; the elevation through Kenosha from 91st Street to 35th Street isn't wide enough; the old "swing" bridge over the Root River in Racine has no room for another track. Doable but at such huge expense that it is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future. Add Quote to your Post

You misunderstood, I meant the former Milwaukee Road Line Milwaukee to Chicago not the ex-C&NW line.    The Northern Suburbs of illinois are also in agreement, they want the line triple tracked vs just a siding for trains to wait.

Agree though the potential cost puts the project out of reach.    As for available space, they can make space via demolition, such a project qualifies for eminent domain.   Though triple tracking the former Milwaukee Road line will not make much difference without flyovers at the Fox Lake cross over, West line crossover,  and the crossovers with the C&NW.    Which pushes the cost into the astronomical range.    Three badly designed crossings that need to be fixed if we ever want to see true high speed Chicago to Milwaukee.

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Posted by zardoz on Monday, April 23, 2018 9:24 PM

You misunderstood, I meant the former Milwaukee Road Line Milwaukee to Chicago not the ex-C&NW line. 


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