Wired magazine likes the Blue Line airport connection
OK, admittedly I've been holding on to this post for awhile before actually posting it today. (You know -- good for a rainy/snowy day!) But still, it's interesting to read the view of an "outsider" of our own rail system.
Dave turned me on to this Wired magazine story from last December, where the Blue Line connection to O'Hare is the only U.S. rail line cited among the "Five Best Airport to City Rail Connections."
But even back then there were slow zones, which have largely been fixed. The weekend work lately is to repair crossovers.
From the story:
Both domestic terminals have underground walkways to the train platforms (international terminal has an automatic people mover to the station), where Blue Line trains depart every 5 minutes at peak hours, every 8 minutes during the day, and every 10-30 minutes during the night. Once in the downtown area, Washington, Monroe, and Jackson stations are in walking distance to most destinations in the Loop area. The trip takes 45 minutes, since the train makes local stops, but during rush hour, the 'L' becomes very competitive with cars. For only $2 (or $1.75 with a ChicagoCard), it's a deal!