StreetCar Circulator System that also Connects South Loop / Near South with Museum Campus and Canal Street Stations
Ventra/CTA Vending Machine on Museum Campus
Buses leaving the campus are often held up when tourists who are unfamiliar with the CTA attempt to make correct change for their bus fare. If Ventra machines were present on the campus, many of these bottlenecks could be avoided.
New 18th Street Gateway/Transit Center
Use the existing 18th Street ME station area and the underutilized strip of land between the ME tracks and Lake Shore Drive to create a multimodal center to allow for sheltered bus waiting, drop-off areas, and a better, more cohesive pedestrian link between the South Loop and the Museum Campus.
Link McCormick Busway to new Loop BRT
Activate the underutilized McCormick Busway under Millennium and Grant Parks to the new Loop BRT facilities under construction to create single-seat trips between Union/Ogilvie Stations and the Museum Campus.
Improve service on CTA bus #146
I work at Shedd, and I used to use the #146 frequently. However, when they cut back service (about 2 years ago?), it eliminated about half the runs to the Museum Campus. So now I just walk from Roosevelt, since the bus only runs the full route (from Berywn to Adler) every 20min during rush periods. My suggestion would be to return the frequency of runs the #146 bus makes to and from Museum Campus to where it was 2 years ago. Also to stop having buses start and stop runs at Roosevelt, since those runs isolate the Museum Campus. Submitted on behalf of an employee at the Shedd Aquarium
Urban Gondola, similar to one in Medellin, Columbia and one proposed for Austin, Texas that would take passengers from Union Station down Van Buren to Stations above the two L stations and tracks to Van Buren Metra/South Shore/ Institute of Arts station then south past Buckingham Fountain and south east across Grant Park to a station between Field and Shedd then east to a station on the south side of the Planetarium, south along Northerly Island across the small bay to a station between Soldier Field and the new Lucas Museum then south across LSD to its final station in McCormick place. Benefits: 1. Constant motion no waiting for bus/rail 2. small footprint, just need towers to string cable 3.Small personal 6 person carriages with room for 2 bikes 4.Quiet 5. Amazing Scenic opportunities
Metra Electric Rail Shuttle
High-frequency rail shuttle using existing ME infrastructure from Millennium Station to 67th Street with stops at Van Buren, 11th, 18th, McCormick Place, and 55th-56th-57th to better link Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry to the Museum Campus. Similar to the Gray Line proposal.
Pedestrian Bridge over McFetridge
A pedestrian bridge over McFetridge to connect the Field Museum with Solider Field (and the parking garages) would help keep bus and car traffic flowing more smoothly and improve safety for pedestrians
Multi-Tiered Museum Campus Transportation Plan
After thorough review of your presentation from OCT 14 meeting and corresponding website of ideas for transportation updates to make access of the Museum Campus there is still glaring omission: creating a new dedicated subway line branching off from the loop (Origin ideas: Union Station or Roosevelt Station are ideal locations) to enable truly seamless transfer for locals and tourists alike to the area. This is part of an overarching need for the city of Chicago to improve connections from suburbs to Museum Campus. Public transportation from suburban arrival points like Union Station/Ogilvy/Millennium Station is a larger systemic issue and gaping hole in Chicago public transit that needs to be addressed immediately and this Museum Campus dialogue could be that opportunity, but first things first. Bottom line is this: You NEED to develop progressive and sustainable infrastructure that is not focused upon vehicle or bus traffic. Right now, all your ideas are focused on putting band-aids on a large systemic infrastructure problem: a.) Too much reliance on proven inefficient and confusing bus system b.) Too much overall vehicle traffic on the Museum Campus c.) Too little pedestrian access from multiple points north and south along the western edge of the campus You can vastly improve public transportation to/from Museum Campus while investing in the future of the city of Chicago by developing and building the following: 1. New underground subway w/ one unified Museum Campus stop on McFetridge Drive between Soldier Field and Field Museum 2. More accessible walkways to Museum Campus from multiple points north to south to cross over Metra Electric line and Lake Shore Drive to encourage more pedestrians and bicyclists 3. Limit or ban parking on Museum Campus except for the tailgate parking lots between Solider Field and McCormick Place and free up McFetridge Drive for light-rail installed to run a circular loop between all Museum Campus attractions Ultimately, the Museum Campus should be traffic free and be open for pedestrian and bicyclists only. This would enable visitors to appreciate the surroundings and pristine architecture in a picturesque backdrop of lake and skyline. Buses, subway station and taxis can still drop off from turnaround off Lake Shore Drive and McFetridge. The cumbersome and inefficient bus system in Chicago to/from the Museum Campus is only further exploited as being what it is: a waste of energy to try and add more dedicated routes. Adding standalone streetcars or trolleys that will only add more congestion and complicate our already at-capacity infrastructure on the roads is not prudent either. Think for the long term, NOT the short term. We need better access for the lakefront in general and the Museum Campus is key to this, but must be done tastefully and with the future in mind. We do not need more buses running slow and indirect routes through loop traffic to get to the campus when a subway line can whisk visitors there from points in the loop in minutes. I would be happy discuss these ideas further if you wish. I have extensive references from countless cities around the globe that have far superior infrastructure and public transportation that can be used as a beacon to guide us to creating the ability to not just showcase a first-class attraction of the Museum Campus, but a first-class infrastructure to enable visitors to enjoy getting to/from it.
Suburban Bus Stop
Create a bus stop along the edge of Musuem Campus, near the downtown, where buses from the suburbs can pick up/drop off. It would serve dual purpose - during the day and weekends, it is good for tourists to the museums, park, and stadium. During rush hour, it could be used for commuters. Putting it near an El Train station, perhaps Roosevelt Station, would offer intermodal opportunity. Planning bus lines from the suburbs is difficult with the lack of places they can stop and wait for passengers in the downtown, this would fix it as well as improve access to Museum Campus tourist attractions.