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#41 Ryan

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:40 AM

You may notice that we’re not simply listing airports with rail connections, but discussing the setup and relative convenience of them.

To help fill out your list, I can speak to DCA and BWI.

DCA is among the best, as long as you aren’t flying out of the A terminal. Frequent WMATA Blue and Yellow line service drops you off a short walk from the terminal. It’s enclosed the entire way, and provides moving walkways to speed the trip.

BWI has two connections. The Light Rail terminates at the international end of the terminal, from there you can walk all the way around to the Southwest side in a few minutes. The Amtrak/MARC Station is a ~5 minute shuttle bus ride away. Bus frequency could be better, but it’s mostly effortless. The bus does make sever stops at the air terminal, so walking is minimal.
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:50 AM

You may notice that were not simply listing airports with rail connections, but discussing the setup and relative convenience of them.

To help fill out your list, I can speak to DCA and BWI.

DCA is among the best, as long as you arent flying out of the A terminal. Frequent WMATA Blue and Yellow line service drops you off a short walk from the terminal. Its enclosed the entire way, and provides moving walkways to speed the trip.

BWI has two connections. The Light Rail terminates at the international end of the terminal, from there you can walk all the way around to the Southwest side in a few minutes. The Amtrak/MARC Station is a ~5 minute shuttle bus ride away. Bus frequency could be better, but its mostly effortless. The bus does make sever stops at the air terminal, so walking is minimal.

Thank you for the additional info. Most of the ones on my list I have never actually been to so just wanted to open them up to discussion for those that have.
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:07 PM

 

 

And Boston Logan has the Blue Line a shuttle bus away, as well as the direct-into-the-subway, hybrid, dual-mode Silver Line to South Station

 

Logan to South Station is not bad at all. Direct Silver line.  Logan to the closer North Station?  Terrible.  Airport shuttle, transfer to blue line. Transfer to orange line, Transfer from North Station (subway) to North Station (rail).  Sucks.  Last time I had to make this connection, I gave up, and asked a stranger to split a taxi.

 

LIke said above DCA is great. I wish the Dulles subway extension would happen in my lifetime. We flew out of Dulles once just to see what is (IMO) the best museum in the DC area.  But the bus ride was long and unpleasant, we agreed to never do that trip again until the subway is finished.



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:17 PM

Logan to South Station is not bad at all. Direct Silver line.  Logan to the closer North Station?  Terrible.  Airport shuttle, transfer to blue line. Transfer to orange line, Transfer from North Station (subway) to North Station (rail).  Sucks.  Last time I had to make this connection, I gave up, and asked a stranger to split a taxi.
 
LIke said above DCA is great. I wish the Dulles subway extension would happen in my lifetime. We flew out of Dulles once just to see what is (IMO) the best museum in the DC area.  But the bus ride was long and unpleasant, we agreed to never do that trip again until the subway is finished.

Hope your expected lifetime extends to 2020. The construction of the DC Metro Silver Line Phase 2 extension is well along. The Dulles Airport station appears to be mostly built-out as are most of the Phase 2 stations, tracks have even been laid down in the median and elevated guideway for parts of the 11.5 mile Phase 2 extension. The reports are that the project is still on the (revised) schedule with Phase 2 supposed to open sometime in 2020 (hopefully early 2020).

 

The Metro station at Dulles, however, will be some distance from the front of the main terminal building. There was a major dispute on where the station and tracks would go at the airport terminal. Locating the station and tracks under and near the front of the terminal building was going to be quite expensive; the decision was to save around $500 million and put the Dulles station on elevated tracks on the far side of the short term parking lot from the terminal. From the Dulles Metro station platform, the route will be to take an escalator or elevator down to a pedestrian tunnel that runs under the parking lot. The hike will be about 550' to the front of the terminal, but there are slidewalks in the existing tunnel. Then from go up into the terminal to the check-in counters and security checkpoint. Dulles airport is a rather spread out setup, so there can be a lot of walking and towing your suitcase to the checkpoints, then the Aerotrain to get to the gate even from the front entrance.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:21 PM

 

 

 

And Boston Logan has the Blue Line a shuttle bus away, as well as the direct-into-the-subway, hybrid, dual-mode Silver Line to South Station

 

Logan to South Station is not bad at all. Direct Silver line.  Logan to the closer North Station?  Terrible.  Airport shuttle, transfer to blue line. Transfer to orange line, Transfer from North Station (subway) to North Station (rail).  Sucks.  Last time I had to make this connection, I gave up, and asked a stranger to split a taxi.

 

LIke said above DCA is great. I wish the Dulles subway extension would happen in my lifetime. We flew out of Dulles once just to see what is (IMO) the best museum in the DC area.  But the bus ride was long and unpleasant, we agreed to never do that trip again until the subway is finished.

 

Can't you just go Silver-Red-Green to get to North Station? Yes it's two transfers, but it's by no means terrible.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:46 PM

Silver - Red - Green would involve way less walking for sure. :)

 

I have used the Silver Line Connector bus service from IAD to Wiehle-Reston East many times, and it is really quite usable, and while not as convenient as the train dropping you off on the other side of the Parking Lot (which is what it will be when Silver Line is built out to Dulles), it is not unusably inconvenient either, even with some amount of baggage.



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:50 PM

I'm surprised this thread has gone on so long. One thing to keep in mind about Midway is it's the secondary (if older) Chicago airport and the route from the Orange Line into the terminal has been changed several times (which of course, has been mentioned). I think I just read, however, that there are going to be some new improvements in the terminal, but I can't remember when, but that they included improving the route, yet again, from the station into the terminal.

 

Two bits of airport subway trivia:

 

1. In the ancient annals of Chicago subway plans (of which there are, well, many many many) there was supposed to be a subway under Archer out to Midway in the 30's, if not late 20's.

 

2. Cleveland was the first American city with a subway connection to it's airport.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 02:00 PM

And Clevelands airport connection is super easy! with the train arriving right in the terminal (Ive used it).

Had a funny moment involving the light rail on a 3 hour layover at the MSP airport a few years ago. A friend who lives there - who I hadnt seen in a few - decided to pick me up so we could spend some tougher. I arrived at a gate right across from the exit to the bridge directly to the Light rail station (and other connecting buses) unforchunately since she was picking me up in her private vehicle I had to take the tram (our walk/use moving walkways) to the main terminal area and baggage claim to go to the main arrivals curb.

MSP is a great Airport (particularly if not checking luggage) for light rail connections.
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 02:05 PM

Two bits of airport subway trivia:

 

1. In the ancient annals of Chicago subway plans (of which there are, well, many many many) there was supposed to be a subway under Archer out to Midway in the 30's, if not late 20's.

 

 

In addition, there have been various plans off and on to extend the Englewood (now Ashland/63 Green Line) branch to Midway.

 

Also, one extra bit of odd trivia, the photograph in post #16 can be dated to some time between April 2007 and December 2008, when the Purple and Brown Lines temporarily shared the same track around the Loop (otherwise, the Purple Line would not be at that entrance).


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:33 AM

 Unfortunately, Cleveland's airport is as far away as you can get to the Amtrak station. There is good Rapid service to downtown but then you would need a cab to get to the CLE on the shoreway.  There is a  Rapid line that runs past the Amtrak station but it does not operate when Amtrak trains arrive at 1-2-3am in the morning. Go figure. :P


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:49 AM

does not operate when Amtrak trains arrive at 1-2-3am in the morning


That's certainly the case in my town as well.

Taxis and Lyft/Uber are still available but connecting to/from our public transportation is often impractical or impossible and car rentals are a $50 ride away thanks to punitive taxi rates and late night surge pricing.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:32 PM

 

Two bits of airport subway trivia:

 

1. In the ancient annals of Chicago subway plans (of which there are, well, many many many) there was supposed to be a subway under Archer out to Midway in the 30's, if not late 20's.

 

 

In addition, there have been various plans off and on to extend the Englewood (now Ashland/63 Green Line) branch to Midway.

 

I for the life of me, cannot find any links to those proposals or a good map - do you have one?


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:32 PM

 

 

Two bits of airport subway trivia:

 

1. In the ancient annals of Chicago subway plans (of which there are, well, many many many) there was supposed to be a subway under Archer out to Midway in the 30's, if not late 20's.

 

 

In addition, there have been various plans off and on to extend the Englewood (now Ashland/63 Green Line) branch to Midway.

 

I for the life of me, cannot find any links to those proposals or a good map - do you have one?

 

 

 

They aren't recent proposals, but here's one from 1958:  http://www.chicago-l...rizons1958.html

 

Here's reference to one from 1973 of a plan for service by 1995:  http://www.chicago-l...s/1995plan.html

 

 

...and I found this reference from 1923:  http://www.chicago-l...s/1923plan.html While it doesn't reference "Midway Airport" (which didn't even exist back then, as Chicago Municipal Airport opened in 1927), it mentions an elevated line to Austin Avenue connecting to the 63rd Englewood line, so it would have effectively gone past the airport property (and it's anyone's guess if the terminal would have been built closer to 63rd if such a line had existed back then).


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:52 AM

 

 

 

I for the life of me, cannot find any links to those proposals or a good map - do you have one?

 

 

 

They aren't recent proposals, but here's one from 1958:  http://www.chicago-l...rizons1958.html

 

Here's reference to one from 1973 of a plan for service by 1995:  http://www.chicago-l...s/1995plan.html

 

 

...and I found this reference from 1923:  http://www.chicago-l...s/1923plan.html While it doesn't reference "Midway Airport" (which didn't even exist back then, as Chicago Municipal Airport opened in 1927), it mentions an elevated line to Austin Avenue connecting to the 63rd Englewood line, so it would have effectively gone past the airport property (and it's anyone's guess if the terminal would have been built closer to 63rd if such a line had existed back then).

 

 

Thanks, but what's weird is I've seen one somewhere relatively recently (obviously not under serious consideration, unfortunately) - maybe a subway site?


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Posted 28 March 2018 - 02:46 AM

If you're connecting from Midway to an Amtrak to Bloomington, there's another option if you're running late at Midway. Amtrak trains on the Chicago-St. Louis line stop at Summit about twenty minutes after leaving Chicago Union Station. Summit is just a few miles west of Midway Airport, and a short cab ride.


For curiosity sake, I'm wondering whether this connection could be made on surface transit.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:00 AM

 

If you're connecting from Midway to an Amtrak to Bloomington, there's another option if you're running late at Midway. Amtrak trains on the Chicago-St. Louis line stop at Summit about twenty minutes after leaving Chicago Union Station. Summit is just a few miles west of Midway Airport, and a short cab ride.


For curiosity sake, I'm wondering whether this connection could be made on surface transit.

 

Possible, yes. Convenient, no. Bus 62H gets you within a few blocks of Summit, but it only runs during the day and infrequently then. Any other option involves multiple buses and transfers.






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