Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Moderators: metraRI, JamesT4

  by doepack
Pretty interesting. It's good to see the South Shore playing such an important role in the region's economy, and if the growth continues at its current pace, NICTD may need to accelerate the timetable of the construction of the new Lowell/Valparaiso extension...

  by dinwitty
if gas prices drop, which likely will happen, it may fall back to previous levels.

  by doepack
That's possible, but lower gas prices will have a domino effect in terms of more people driving, which leads to more traffic jams especially during rush hours, which in turn creates increased travel times for those heading to and from Chicago. Considering this scenario, coupled with the continued population growth in this region, there will also be a growing need for sound, viable, and flexible transit alternatives to driving. Whether on an accelerated timetable or not, upgrades to current South Shore service plus the new extensions to Lowell and Valparaiso will do just that.