An argument against "parking lot" stations...

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Re: An argument against "parking lot" stations...

Postby dinwitty » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:14 pm

oh, bring back the streetcar and reach out to all those car drivers. Then you can dump all them parking lots and put business/apartments above whatever.

Wrigley field contantly brings in 40,000+ every game and not everyone can get there via automobile, you have to take the CTA and it works, well, you are probably driving to a distant CTA station and riding in or whatever railroad/driving combinations work.
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Re: An argument against "parking lot" stations...

Postby eolesen » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:47 pm

We don't need streetcars. Buses were the logical extension of that, and there are already PACE and even CTA buses that drop off at Metra stations today for last-mile transport.

The problem is population density: buses and streetcars only work where there's an audience to be carried... That's not going to exist in >80% of the suburbs or exurbs.
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Re: An argument against "parking lot" stations...

Postby justalurker66 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:21 pm

Bus service needs to overcome the stigma. Trains don't have as much of a stigma (although sometimes they are not much better for comfort). People would rather drive to a station than ride a bus.
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