Union Station: Chicago's Downtown Airport
Union Station is a critical transportation asset to Chicago and the entire region. Its serves more passengers every year than Midway Airport – yet it fits neatly within two city blocks in the center of the city. It has the impact of an airport right downtown.
Every year, more than 15 million passengers board Amtrak and Metra trains at the station to reach their jobs, attend important business meetings or take their vacations.
With high-speed trains, that number would double.
But the station cannot handle today's crowds, let alone the coming growth. It is time to expand and modernize the station.
There are quick fixes that can help relieve the crowding, but ultimately the concourse needs to be replaced.
Help make it happen by taking action today.
The City of Chicago held a public information meeting regarding potential plans to expand the station on December 15, 2011.
This website is a project of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, a member-supported, non-profit organization advocating for fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest. We encourage the City of Chicago to recognize the role of Union Station as one of the region's principal transportation centers and to make this important asset a major component in the City's transportation policy and planning process.