EricL wrote:Maybe you're thinking of the old Northwest Passage, which used to go between Northwestern Station and the Clinton L station?
doepack wrote:Technically, no such walkway exists. However, there are stairs at the opposite (north) end of tracks 5 thru 15 along Union Station's north concourse used mostly by rush hour commuters riding Milwaukee or NCS district trains which lead to the southeast corner of Madison and Canal. At this point, the tall, blue building facing you on the northwest corner is now called the Citigroup building, also home to Metra's Ogilvie Transportation Center...
EricL wrote:I don't see the Madison St. stairs on that map. To get to these stairways from inside CUS, you just go out the doors for tracks 5-7, 9-11, or 13-15. The stairs are all the way at the opposite ends of the platforms. No one will care about you going out there; Metra doesn't have gate agents like Amtrak does.
scoostraw wrote:Ok this sounds easy enough. I will actually be coming in on Metra to the Ogilvie Transportaion Center, and then walking to Union Station. Is the street entrance to the stairway at Madison and Canal clearly marked?
Milwaukee_F40C wrote:This map shows most of Chicago's public interconnections between buildings:
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webportal ... legend.pdf
The pedestrian way does connect to Randolph station, though. I've always found this "network" pretty useless- you have to wind through a series of tunnels, footbridges, building lobbies, hallways, basements, food courts, and stores, up and down stairs. Its not even well marked, so I don't know how people manage to navigate it without spending hours trying to learn where all the entrances are, since they're mostly within buildings. You wind up inside a building and have to then figure out where the next entrance is... I don't see how it could be any faster than taking the streets.
byte wrote:Probably because no one wanted to pay for it. I believe it "went away" around when the Green Line got its rehab, and Oglivie got its new trainsheds. It's no secret that Metra and the CTA have a very cool relationship with eachother, so I would imagine the question of "who's gonna pay for it?" came up and was never solved.
EricL wrote:Yeah, there's a big canopy that says "Metra - Union Station - Madison Street Entrance" on it. It's on the south side of Madison, between the river bridge and Canal St.
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