Chicago: Balancing Freight and Commuters at the World’s Busiest Terminal

January 12, 2017

A press release from Union Pacific Railroad:

In the pre-dawn drizzle of an early fall day, commuters in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago, watch an inbound Metra train pull into the station at precisely 6:13 a.m. They line up where they know doors will most likely open and sort themselves out, some heading to the upper deck for the tree-top view.

As the passengers settle in with newspapers, books, laptops and cell phones, the train begins its journey on elevated track, passing over bridges built more than a century ago and winding through even older residential neighborhoods. For the next half hour, passengers glide above stores, restaurants and industrial districts, over the Chicago River, beneath the Lake Street “L” and finally through a canyon of towers sheathed in concrete and glass. The train slows to a gentle stop on one of 16 tracks covered by a teal-trimmed canopy at the Olgilvie Transportation Center in the heart of the city’s thriving West Loop.

Click here to read the complete press release and view photographs and maps.


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