La Grange ranked Chicago's most transit-friendly suburb

La Grange Metra Station

A recent Tribune article focused on a report from DePaul's Chaddick Institute ranking Chicago's top 20 transit suburbs.

La Grange topped the list, followed by Wilmette . The report's summary:

This classic "railroad suburb," located on the heavily traveled BNSF commuter line offers exceptional community connectivity to public transportation in a true "walkers paradise" setting. No other station with such a high walk score (which is a near-perfect 98 in La Grange) has such a large share of the population that lives near the station arriving on bike or foot. The result is a dynamic public transportation culture that brings the entire community to life during rush hour, when both of the community's commuter rail stations become veritable beehives of activity.

The remarkably clean and well-maintained La Grange Road Station, located at the heart of town, has on the go coffee. Connecting bus service is nothing exceptional and the station suffers from a relatively small waiting room with restrictive hours. The depot grounds, however, boast excellent bike-store facilities, a well-lit parking area, and attractive landscaping. Amtrak service and the conveniences provided by the nearby station at Stone Avenue give La Grange a bundle of amenities that no other finalist can match.

NOTE: The report incorrectly misspells the community's name as "LaGrange." The map embedded with the report, of course, has it correct as "La Grange."

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