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NYT: Chicago loses bid for 2016 Olympics

This is somewhat discouraging news for high speed rail advocates.

Chicago Loses Bid for 2016 Olympic Games

Chicago was stunningly eliminated in the first round of
voting for the 2016 Olympics on Friday, with Rio de Janeiro,
Madrid and Tokyo still in contention.

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Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

12 Responses

  1. Avery says:

    Not like its that big of deal in railroad news, they didn’t have any rail plans with their bid anyway

  2. MadPark says:

    Thanks Avery – the lack of detail about transport was a stunning omission on the part of Chicago’s bid – and Tokyo’s, too.
    Go Madrid!

  3. Rafael says:

    Meanwhile, phase 1 of HSR in Brazil (Sao Paolo – Rio de Janeiro) may be put out to tender as early as February 2010.

  4. Mad Park says:

    And Congrats to Rio for winning the 2016 Games – the first time in South America.

  5. Andrew In Ezo says:

    re. detail omissions about transport
    Tokyo’s system is already in place and handles daily many times over Olympic levels of passenger volume, while with Chicago, perhaps it was merely the practice of playing to your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses??

    Congrats to Rio- they deserve it, and now it’s likely we will see the first true HSR in the Americas (North or South).

  6. Avery says:

    After traveling to chicago, they need mass transit improvements desperately, For one, trying to get anywhere in the opposite direction of the Metra crowd rush is impossible, for the many blocks that you have to walk because Amtrak and any other stations aren’t connected in any way…

    Its just surprising that they didn’t have any plans outside of what’s already in the works (create) specially for the olympics.

    Even if it was a network of streetcars for the downtown area, it would help tremendously.

  7. Why would anyone commit money to fixed rail for a two-week surge in ridership? Metra’s plan was to hire trains from other commuter authorities and run extras. The Transit Authority would be hard-pressed to do that with the tight curves on its lines.

    If there are deficiencies in Chicago’s heavy rail and commuter rail and in the midwest region of Amtrak, by all means, let’s determine some promising improvements and get them done. The ones that are worth doing will not be affected at the margin by the coming of the Olympic Games or the Republican National Convention or a Papal Visit.

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  9. Paul says:

    I predict you will see more of these type headlines as the US drifts towards 3rd or at least 2nd world status. We cant compete on transportation and everyone knows that was a major factor in this decision. Meanwhile CTA is raising fares and CUTTING service. This is just what the committee was worried about with Chicago

  10. j bigely says:

    I am not suprised in the least that Chicago lost the bid. The city is fun to visit maybe once or twice, but that’s about it. I know I speak for many when I procalim Chicago as one of the most overrated cities in America. I just don’t see what the big deal is. Skyline – awesome! But that’s kind of about it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of people returning from Chicago for their first time and wondering about what the big build up is over it being such a sophisticated city – when it just isn’t. It’s like Detroit or Cleveland with more buildings. Don’t waste your time. And the olympic committe knows it. The funniest part is the sense of denial apparent in city officials blaming the poor reputation of the United States abroad. Sorry Charlie.

  11. Paul says:

    This is what I was talking about with my post above on Oct 12th.

    “Metra cancels more trains, warns of hourlong evening delays”

  12. John Bredin says:

    Paul, did you actually, um, READ the linked story?!

    It’s NOT about Metra cutting service schedules — as far as I’ve read, they have no plans to do so, but instead are talking about selectively raising fares.*

    It’s about a disruption of service due to unmanned Union Pacific locomotives running amok the other day on tracks near downtown Chicago shared by Metra (and Amtrak) and blocking the line when they derailed on a bridge. Could happen anytime, on anyone’s railroad, and does not reflect in the slightest on Metra.

    *Specifically, while NOT raising 10-ride or monthly tickets, one-way tickets would be increased, the penalty for buying a ticket on the train when boarding at a staffed station would rise from $2 to $5, and the all-weekend pass would go up from $5 to $7 — still a great bargain.

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