Originally Posted by Lukecuj
Old Main Post Office
Great art deco building with no apparent usefullness. I would demolish the non art deco add on portion. Just like New York Penn Station redevelopment, I think Chicago should redesignate and modify this into its main train terminal.
It sits above the Blue Line, An expressway, Amtrak and Metra lines so just tie it all together. You could even also make it a bus terminal with all the old freight docks on Canal.
I think thats an intreasting proposal. Though last year I think there are preliminary plans to make the post office offices/condos/hotel complex I am not sure where those plans are going.
Using the old post office may be a cheaper alternative then a West Loop Transportation Center. The new infrastructure needed to make it an intermodal tranist center would be considerable less I would think. I am not sure what the track set up is under the post office or how much rail traffic could be diverted from the other commuter rail stations. But you have the blue line running right by it which easily could be given a connecting station to the complex and could be easily connected to ORDXpress, you have the freight docks which could be used for express commuter buses or even a new Greyhound complex, eventually you could have high speel rail terminate at the station if space at Union is too constricted. CTA express buses and a future downtown circulator could still easily be put in the complex. Plus you have the Eisenhower leading into the station which makes for easy accesss for buses and car pick ups. And you have ready made hotel/condo/office complex on the upper floors. You could even put some sort of river transit from the station as well?
The only negatives is that it is a bit more removed from the condo/office complexes that have grown up around the other two west side stations but it is still reasonably close and it would have better access to the rest of the loop with a blue line stop and better road access.
Larry booth had a plan for such a complex though even more grandiose and complext (perhaps unrealistic) then mentioned.........