SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 “Activate Union Station Gets the Conversation Rolling on Creative Use of Space”
Link to story on Metropolitan Planning Council Web Site: http://www.metroplanning.org/news-events/blog-post/6781
MAY 29, 2013 – THE CHICAGO UNION STATION MASTER PLAN AWARDED “BEST NEW PLAN”
On May 29, 2013 The Chicago Union Station Master Plan was awarded the “Best New Plan” award by Friends of Downtown. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held at the Cliff Dwellers Club. The Friends cited the importance of improvements to Union Station, the quality of the planning, and the presentation on the project website. The winner was chosen from among candidates selected by Friends based on polling on the Friends website, Jeff Sriver, project manager for the City of Chicago’s DOT, thanked the Committee. Separate plaques were presented to CDOT and TranSystems, CDOT’s consultant.
DECEMBER 14, 2012 –
CDOT CONTRACTS WITH TRANSYSTEMS FOR NEXT STAGE OF UNION STATION MASTER PLAN STUDY
Today Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) awarded notice to proceed from for the second stage of work on the Union Station Master Plan Study. This work will include three key components:
1) A train operations simulation model of existing and possible future conditions at Chicago Union Station (CUS)
2) A pedestrian flow model of existing and possible future conditions within CUS’s passenger areas
3) A street traffic simulation model of existing and possible future conditions on 40 blocks surrounding CUS
The goal of this study will be to establish a robust technical case for implementing the “medium term” recommendations of the first stage of the Study. The second stage of the Study will determine just how much capacity (i.e., how many years of growth) these improvements are likely to accommodate. The key “medium term” improvements are:
- Reconfiguring the existing concourse to improve capacity and flow
- Widening platforms 6/8 and 10/12 (plus new direct access to street level)
- Repurposing the old mail platforms for passenger use, providing 4 new tracks (on 2 platforms, including access from the existing station concourse via refurbished existing corridors and spaces below track level)
- Ensuring that CDOT’s planned Canal Street viaduct reconstruction is designed to be consistent with CUS’s long term needs
The consultant team for this stage of the project, selected in a competitive process, is led by TranSystems and includes three firms that worked on the previous stage – Ross Barney Architects, EJM Engineering and Big Picture Marketing – and adds Legion America (a firm specializing in pedestrian simulation) and Regina Webster and Associates (specialists in traffic simulation). The train operations and pedestrian simulation efforts are planned to start first, providing data to feed into the traffic simulation models.
Public outreach efforts will also continue. There will be ongoing involvement of a Civic Advisory Committee led by the Metropolitan Planning Council. The project website will also continue to be updated.
April 19, 2012 – New Vision for Union Station
April 12, 2012 - Metra board to look at plan for future of Union Station
BY TINA SFONDELES Transportation Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
March 14, 2012 – Metropolitan planning council hosts panel of experts
The Metropolitan Planning Council hosted a panel of experts to discuss the best options for 21st century train stations that not only meet the technical requirements of rail but capture the energy and buying power of its passengers. The panel consisted of:
- Frank Cannon, who discussed the Denver Union Station project and the innovative public/private structure that was put in place to implement it.
- Tom Downs, a longtime transportation expert, who focused on the very successful Washington Union Station
- Luann Hamilton, the Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s DOT, summarized the issues with Chicago’s Union Station and the ideas for improvement that have emerged in the current Master Plan Study.
Here is a link to the MPC’s blog post on the session:
This includes links to the presentations that Frank Cannon and Luann Hamilton used.
Here are links to stories that ran as a follow-up to the MPC Panel.
This is a link to the WBEZ/Chicago story and audio clip – “Chicago as a Rail Hub, Washington, DC Offers Advice.”
Link to Forbes follow-up story:
Dec. 15, 2011 – Public Meeting regarding the Master Plan Study
Almost 200 people came to this open house meeting which was held from 4-7 pm in the Union Gallery room, located off the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station. Staff people from the stakeholder agencies and the TranSystems consultant team were available to explain the information about existing conditions and ideas for improvements that have developed in the course of the Master Plan Study. There were a total of 21 display boards. Jeff Sriver of the Chicago Department of Transportation narrated two presentations of the exhibits projected in a mini theater set up in the room.
The Chicago Tribune’s Jon Hilkevitch authored this story that ran prior to the meeting.
The Metropolitan Planning Council posted this story on their website after the meeting.