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O'Hare 21 and CrossRail Chicago

August 01, 2016

On July 15th, the City of Chicago announced plans to modernize Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The new project, O’Hare 21, is part of a multi billion-dollar capital investment program to improve the airport as an international gateway and economic driver for the region. The plan includes a 25% expansion of Terminal 5 and the redevelopment of Terminal 2. It is unclear how much this will affect capacity but some renderings showed terminals with 220 gates, up 32 percent.

O’Hare currently serves nearly 77 million passengers with 875,000 flights per year. It is a critcal asset to the Midwest region, providing international connections at a scope unmatched in North America.

As these plans will dramatically increase capacity it is important to consider how passengers will access the airport from as far as 300 miles away.  Mayor Emanuel's proposed O'Hare - Loop express train is a good start, but planning should begin now on a railroad station that can serve trains from all directions.  Then, a mix of local, express and high speed trains would give hundreds of cities and suburbs more convenient and affordable access to international flights. (photo: Over 350 local, regional and high speed trains serve Dusseldorf airport daily.)


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

We celebrated two big wins in DC. The Surface Transportation Board decided not to issue a policy statement that would have weakened Amtrak's dispatch preference and chose to measure on-time performance at every station instead of just the end points. We have just two small, two XL, one XL and four 2XL polo shirts left.  Click here to get one before they are gone.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Feds drop proposal to prioritize freight trains over Amtrak
In a big win for Amtrak, a panel of federal regulators has reversed course on two proposals that the passenger rail service says would have led to significant delays.

Mayor Emanuel on O’Hare: Why Chicago is Investing so much
“Called O'Hare 21, the city's multilayered plan to modernize the airport is born out of the idea that O'Hare must be a convenient travel option for the millions of passengers who pass through it each year, while continuing to serve as an economic driver for the city of Chicago long into the future.”

Editorial: South Side’s Transit Desert: More Trains Would be a Lifeline
"The Regional Transportation Authority — the umbrella agency for Chicagoland transit systems — is studying an idea that could provide a lifeline to workers marooned in the Far South Side's transit desert: converting the Metra Electric District line, which runs from downtown to south suburban University Park, from commuter rail to rapid transit."

CAHSR: Six Months of Progress
"Quite a lot of work has been done. Even as the debates over HSR funding continue, even as some dead-enders still think they can kill the project, it’s good to remember that it is finally and actually under construction."

Brightline Rail Service May Extend to Jacksonville
"The company that is preparing to launch passenger rail service next year between Miami and Orlando via Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach eventually may extend the service to Jacksonville."

High-Speed Rail Line Could Connect Upstate to Atlanta, Charlotte
“Imagine traveling the Upstate to Atlanta or Charlotte at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. That could be the future if the Georgia Department of Transportation's high-speed rail plan gets the funding and backing it needs.”

Upcoming Events:

2016 MHSRA Annual Fall Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Marco Stegher, Americas Area Manager, Italferr S.p.A.

When:      Friday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30 AM)

Where:     Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Cost:        Regular Ticket: $55     Student Ticket: $20 

Register Here

If you are interested in sponsoring the event please call 773-334-6758.

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625