Study supports new Metra line to sout...

Study supports new Metra line to southeast Chicago suburbs

There are 11 comments on the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen story from Oct 22, 2009, titled Study supports new Metra line to southeast Chicago suburbs. In it, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen reports that:

CHICAGO - A recent study by the SouthEast Commuter Rail Development Board confirms what Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said he's known for years - that commuter rail service to the southeast suburbs is necessary.

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all aboard

Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 22, 2009
Choo Choo!
Intriguing

United States

#2 Dec 28, 2009
When those Commuter trains get to Dolton Junction, have fun getting thru that mess (where several rail lines intersect)! Also, how are they going to route commuter trains around the RR Yard in Dolton? Maybe they can divert onto the former Grand Trunk in South Holland and be dropped off at the former IC (Metra Electric) in Harvey, or continue on to the former Rock Island District or some other Metra Service Line! If they can get commuter service service down to Crete, Beecher, etc., great, but the routing, should it have to go up through Dolton, will be competing with some serious freight service. To get around or over it will be costly!
anticipated rider

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2009
Intriguing wrote:
When those Commuter trains get to Dolton Junction, have fun getting thru that mess (where several rail lines intersect)! Also, how are they going to route commuter trains around the RR Yard in Dolton? Maybe they can divert onto the former Grand Trunk in South Holland and be dropped off at the former IC (Metra Electric) in Harvey, or continue on to the former Rock Island District or some other Metra Service Line! If they can get commuter service service down to Crete, Beecher, etc., great, but the routing, should it have to go up through Dolton, will be competing with some serious freight service. To get around or over it will be costly!
If you do have access to the internet look at the full story with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (Oct 22, 2009) and it will explain how this route will work. I have seen several different routes and I am a Dolton resident. Good luck
Dusty

United States

#4 Dec 31, 2009
anticipated rider wrote:
<quoted text>If you do have access to the internet look at the full story with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (Oct 22, 2009) and it will explain how this route will work. I have seen several different routes and I am a Dolton resident. Good luck
Thanks, I reread the article and found a map of the route. It's proposed for that line to connect with the Rock Island at Greshahm. However, it does not address the complications of getting around the RR Yard in Dolton or getting through Dolton Junction! IMHO, a bridge will be needed to be built to go over Dolton Junction to be a success or it will be facing many delays! It has been said that 120 trains a day go through that area a day. I'm sure that you will agree with that living in Dolton!(Notorious for getting stuck by trains!) Happy New Years!
FRN

Springfield, IL

#5 Jan 5, 2010
After the Right of Way goes through Dolton JCT, over the Calumet River, passed 130th ST, some serious thought ought to be given to connecting with the South Shore which connects with the Metra Electric at Kensington. It can even be an express train that goes non-stop from 115th St to downtown using the same tracks as Amtrak!
Doltonite

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2010
That's if Dolton goes along with this. Think of all the people that will be able to commute to downtown Chicago (especially if it is hooked up to the South Shore and Metra/Blue Island). Then maybe if you wanted you could connect to the other lines and if necessary issue a grant for taxi liveries so that people could go to other towns and be able to get home. For instance, you are downtown and you want to go to Hegewisch for dinner, there would be taxis, so that you could make it home. SOMEBODY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT SO THAT IF YOU WANT TO GET HOME IT WILL HAPPEN with public transportation. I look at it this way--hopefully, we will be able to walk around after these crumbumbs go to another section and cause grief if they must but out of our Dolton...Happy New Year!!
FRN

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jan 8, 2010
The SE Suburb Metra Line involves much more than Dolton. Did you know that Dolton once had commuter train service that came as far south to between 138th St and Lincoln Av.? That service ended in 1966 and was operated by the former C&WI RR, which was partly owned by the former C&EI, and all of that line is now owned by the Union Pacific. The SE Metra will follow along that line, but go as far south as Crete.
After thinking about it, a direct connection to the former IC (now Canadian National-CN)before the UP crosses over the CN and into the same tracks that AMTRAK uses would be better than connecting with the South Shore. A "mini-hub" could be made at 115th and Kensington so passengers can transfer to the Metra Elctric Blue Island Branch, South Suburban Line, or to make intermediate stops between there and downtown Chicago as it already does. There should also be tranfers allowed to board the South Shore as well. Why not even make AMTRAK accessible there too! A mini hub at 115th St would be a side benefit and have the possibility of bringing a development boon to a revitalizing Pullman neighborhood. Access for tourism and residents there would also be a benefit.
As I said in my last post, the SE Suburban train should be an express train from 115th St to downtown. Connecting at the CN would make more economical sense than going to Gresham (on the old Rock Island RR), as the main idea of this commuter service is to get people to downtown Chicago and back home in a timely and economical manner. This route would also be shorter and would use tracks and routes already used by Passenger and Commuter trains.
Big Bertha

South Holland, IL

#8 Jan 8, 2010
All aboard the "Soul Train"
FRN

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Jan 8, 2010
Big Bertha wrote:
All aboard the "Soul Train"
Ride On!
metraman

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 9, 2010
If you want the details of the proposal, you should go to one of the towns along the proposed line and get the facts about project.
maybe

Devault, PA

#11 Jan 9, 2010
this project should have its own web!

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