RTA Myths

Every time we go to Milwaukee via the four-lane highway that connects with Illinois’ U.S. 12, I see the park and ride site on the Wisconsin side of the state line.

The article you see having the RTA announce a $100,000 study ($80,000 from the RTA) of the feasibility of a transit center in East Dundee at the intersection of Route 25 and 72 reminds me of a similar suggestion for the corner of Randall Road where CVS pharmacy now sits.

It probably would have been about where the McHenry County Conservation District is planning to build a parking lot for those wishing to enter the Lake in the Hills Fed from Crystal Lake.

It was going to be a bus station and a parking lot where commuters could begin carpools.

That plan was right up there in fantasy land with the first RTA (former CTA) Chairman Milton Pikarsky’s stood near the then-Crystal Lake Herald office (near the current location of Nick’s Pizzera) and announced that eventually train service would run from Crystal Lake to Gary, Indiana.

The bike path was then a railroad right-of-way. Every time we go to Milwaukee via the four-lane highway that connects with Illinois’ U.S. 12, I see the park and ride site on the Wisconsin side of the state line.

The article you see having the RTA announce a $100,000 study ($80,000 from the RTA) of the feasibility of a transit center in East Dundee at the intersection of Routes 25 and 72 reminds me of a similar suggestion for the corner of Randall Road where CVS pharmacy now sits.

It probably would have been about where the McHenry County Conservation District is planning to build a parking lot for those wishing to enter the Lake in the Hills Fed from Crystal Lake.

It was going to be a bus station and a parking lot where commuters could begin carpools.

That plan was right up there in fantasy land with the first RTA (former CTA) Chairman Milton Pikarsky’s stood near the then-Crystal Lake Herald office (near the current location of Nick’s Pizzera) and announced that eventually train service would run from Crystal Lake to Gary, Indiana.

The bike path was then a railroad right-of-way.


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