Chicago 2016

Chicago 2016 Olympics: Where's the Transit Legacy?

by crandell | 02/08/2009

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As we wait for Chicago 2016 to make its final Bid Book public, I thought I'd take a moment to review what the last iteration of our Olympic plan said about transportation. I think one of the major selling points for Chicagoans is the promise of "legacy" projects that will improve our quality of life following the games -- and I do believe the Olympics certainly have the potential to be good for our city. The Chicago 2016 website claims this as one of 16 benefits to the city: "Hosting the Games will fast track key capital projects, especially transportation related initiatives, to coincide with the Olympiad." We balance the budget risk of the games against this legacy daydream and hope the games will draw enough funding to make the dreams a reality.