metra

Kenosha Daytrip via Metra: Beach, Streetcar and Lots of Walking

by crandell | 07/14/2009

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On July 3, my partner and I took a daycation with a couple friends up to Kenosha, Wis., via Metra. Kenosha first piqued my interest when I read about their streetcar system and harbor development. But I've also been interested for a while in checking out walkable towns in the Chicago area accessible by Metra (Kenosha's Metra station has a Walk Score of 83!).

Daytrip to the Village of Riverside via Metra

by crandell | 04/26/2009

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On a recent Saturday, my partner and I took a short daytrip to explore the Village of Riverside. A short trip via Metra gets you to this early streetcar suburb designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape architect best known for his plan for Central Park in New York. We went on the first nice day of spring when there weren't yet leaves on the trees, so my photos don't really do the place justice. If you have any tips of your own for Riverside, please share in the comments or consider logging in and posting your own blog entry about your trip.

Getting There

Rally to Save Mass Transit! Thompson Center on Tuesday.

by crandell | 08/23/2007

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Don't miss the transit rally at 11:30 a.m. Tue., Aug. 28, in front of the Thomspon Center. If funding and reforms don't come through by Sept. 16, we'll see major service cuts across the region and another funding crisis again next year. The local press has made it clear that we can't afford to shortchange our transit any more. But until now we haven't seen crowds of Chicagoans demanding better transit in the streets. Maybe that's what it will take to get reform.

Rep. Julie Hamos and my Rep. Sara Feigenholtz have sent out emails announcing the event (see below).

Dear Neighbor:

Join me and other members of the Mass Transit Committee, civic, business and labor communities and transit advocates from across the region in support of mass transit on Tuesday, August 28th at 11:30 a.m. at the Thompson Center's outdoor plaza at Clark and Randolph streets in the loop.

Senate Bill 572 (which would create a long term funding source for the CTA) will soon be considered by the Illinois Legislature and we need to make it very clear to the rest of the General Assembly and the Governor that we cannot live with the CTA's proposed service cuts that will go into effect September 16, 2007 if this or similar legislation isn't passed immediately.