13 February 2009

Score one for the pessimists!

From Chicago Breaking News:
No transit overhaul in city's Olympic bid

"Despite concerns that transportation is a major weakness in Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, the transit system proposed by the city relies heavily on existing infrastructure, according to its bid book unveiled this morning.

"'Chicago's current transport infrastructure effectively delivers millions to parks where venues and celebration sites are planned,' it said."

If by "effectively" you mean "eventually," perhaps.
"The Olympic organizing team is not relying on the games to accelerate infrastructure investment in the region, said Patrick Ryan, chairman and chief executive office of Chicago 2016."

Funny how everyone else was assuming that they would. And calling me a pessimist for ever doubting it.

"He pointed out that China had to build up its airport facilities in Bejing, but 'we already have O'Hare and O'Hare expansion.'"

But didn't China also invent a subway system in Bejing or something? And O'Hare expansion? Really? Most of the games would be down here on the (supposedly) transit-starved south side, and they're boasting about expansion at O'Hare? That's like two hours away utilizing existing infrastructure on a good day!

I don't know about you pipe-dreaming optimists, but I hear several more nails in the coffin.


At 13 February, 2009 13:35, Blogger Eric Allix Rogers said...

I suspect it'll lose a lot of public support if it becomes clear that the games will provide no lasting public benefit for all that money spent. I want to see more details, but I certainly don't support the plans if they don't come with transportation improvements.

At 13 February, 2009 13:53, Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, me neither. I've always felt rather wary, especially ever since they announced Washington Park as the location for the main stadium, but actual (permanent, I should add) improvements to transit down here was pretty much the one thing that could have swung my opinion on the matter. Any hope I had just vaporized.

They promised us better transportation---we should have known that just meant "repave the streets already and send more buses."

At 14 February, 2009 15:28, Blogger reub2000 said...

The green line currently stops at Garfield blvd, which is pretty near Washington Park. I assume that if any Olympic events are held near the south end of the park that the CTA would reopen 58th street.


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