Building the Daley-proposed high speed rail between downtown and O'Hare Airport is a waste of money that would be better spent expanding CTA service, such as the Red Line to 131st Street. That's the opinion of Chris Robling, a longtime transit analyst, as quoted in Medill Reports.
Robling predicts that due to high construction costs, the per-ride cost will be at least $19 -- which is halfway to a full cab ride. He adds that most people will have to take a cab to get to the rail station, adding to the cost.
Robling said the city needs to look at the needs of the community instead of building projects that get little use. Money for the downtown station and suggested high-speed train would be better spent somewhere else, Robling said.
"This is what happens when the region is not involved in major
capital decisions," he said. "You spend $300 million in a basement at
State and Washington with nothing to show for it. And the folks in Roseland are still waiting for a train."
(Hat tip to Chris M.)