Mr. Ex-Con, a like initiative is also moving forth out here:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/l ... /home.html
I think it is simply recognition that as the "go to street address" for law and financial service firms, La Salle Street is simply "never coming back". If the city (Mayoral election is next February) has some degree of success in attracting residential units to this now "ghost town", such of course will lessen the need for commuter rail (METRA) as the "target" will be knowledge workers who either have yet to start a family or the family has dispersed.
It's simply a "lose, lose"; not only for METRA but also the many businesses - restaurants, "watering holes", even shoe shine stands, that have catered to the commuter crowd, are also never coming back.
I was "in-town" this past Wednesday - a peak day for the RTO3X workers - for a funeral Mass. Walking from CUS to Holy Name (N State St) and return (a Lunch stop at Berghoff), the Loop streets just simply are not as filled as they were when I worked downtown ('70-'81).