Union Station should be a top infrastructure priority of the City of Chicago. It can become the centerpiece of a highly interconnected transit system, of the kind required by an advanced global city. It’s the kind of system we see in London, Paris, Osaka, and other great cities of Europe and Asia. It’s the single most important piece of infrastructure for the city to focus on now.
A current plan to upgrade the station will increase its capacity for a few more years. It falls far short of the required transformation. Through-routing promises to put the station at the center of a reinvigorated system that will power up and long sustain regional transit-oriented growth.
I write at length on all this in a 4-part series for New City, All Aboard Renovation: The Remaking of Union Station.
Each part may be downloaded,
Following this series, I wrote about Union Station for the Chicago Transportation Journal blog, in a post called Use caution with Union Station redevelopment. This promotes the Crossrail Chicago project of the Midwest HSR Assoc, which would bring trains from southern to northern suburbs (and vice-versa) through Union Station with high frequency connections to McCormick Place and to O’Hare.