Chicago tries to ease traffic mess around train stations -- Sci...

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 1, 2008, titled Chicago tries to ease traffic mess around train stations -- Sci.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Changes include allowing 2-way traffic, limiting curb access at Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center Jon Hilkevitch Getting Around 5:36 PM CDT, June 1, 2008 Reconfiguring some one-way streets ...

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“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#23 Jun 2, 2008
Can the streets around the station be made one way (right turns) to establish the "round and round" pattern that the airports have been using for years?
Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#24 Jun 2, 2008
We need police out there every morning and late afternoon rush hours directing traffic. The Taxis, CTA Buses and some of the Commuters pay no attention to the traffic signals. This situation continues to remain a huge disaster waiting to happen.
Frank

Chicago, IL

#25 Jun 2, 2008
How about fixing the bike lanes which run northbound on the east side of Clinton right next to the Union Station cab lane.

Also, the Northwestern station's bike lanes are just as crazy. They run southbound on the west side of Jefferson which has all the bus stops and truck deliveries.

Switching to the opposite side of the street on either of these would help everyone.
John

Springfield, IL

#26 Jun 2, 2008
The bottom line: Pedestrians and drivers in the downtown area (including the train stations) need to stop talking on their cell phones, stop getting pissed/work-up at every little thing, and paid attention. Quit playing this blame game.
Jim

Skokie, IL

#27 Jun 2, 2008
"Wild West mentality around the train station." It is a Wild West mentality everywhere in Chicago. People jaywalking, standing off the curb, igonring, lights. Drivers speeding, stopping in crosswalks, talking on cellphones, right turns on red without stopping etc. Bikers riding on sidewlaks, aganist the traffic on one-way streets, ignoring traffic lights. I am surprised more accidents don't occur. Starting enforcing the traffic laws. not only would traffic be better but it would solve the budget crisis we have every year. Strike that last thought, we will always have a budget crisis given our lawmakers and their penchant to spend.

Jim
Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#28 Jun 2, 2008
Jim wrote:
"Wild West mentality around the train station." It is a Wild West mentality everywhere in Chicago. People jaywalking, standing off the curb, igonring, lights. Drivers speeding, stopping in crosswalks, talking on cellphones, right turns on red without stopping etc. Bikers riding on sidewlaks, aganist the traffic on one-way streets, ignoring traffic lights. I am surprised more accidents don't occur. Starting enforcing the traffic laws. not only would traffic be better but it would solve the budget crisis we have every year. Strike that last thought, we will always have a budget crisis given our lawmakers and their penchant to spend.
Jim
You forgot the taxis and buses running red lights. They should put up signs saying "Cross streets at your own risk."
Evin

Chicago, IL

#29 Jun 2, 2008
WHy are the barracades still there? It's funny how a few "workers" can get their cars down there, if they remove them, taxis wouldn't have to let everyone off in the middle of the street. Mayor Daley, get involved and another FIX THE CITY STREETS, LSD is a complete mess - its embarrassing...
Good One

Glenwood, IL

#30 Jun 3, 2008
Oh yeah, CDOT can't even fix the problem surrounding one building and you want them studying all of State street (completely different area). Well you should ask them for flying carpets instead.
Gordon wrote:
Consideration should be given to making State Street one way south from Division to Wacker Drive and making Wabash one way north from Wacker to Walton. State Street is so congested with all the new hotels, businesses and condominiums that it is dangerous to pedestrians trying to cross between vehicles jamming intersections. State Street southbound would complement the northbound Dearborn.
mary l

Plymouth, MI

#31 Jun 24, 2008
i have a four hour window in chicago tomorrow from 11-3. How realistic is it these days to haul myself and two kids (and some baggage) by taxi from union station to Hancock tower and back in that period of time? Thanks.

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