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17 April 2009 Elgin Illinois 7 Comments

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Her son would have had to take a taxi from the Metra station in Elgin to get to Hoffman Estates. The fare would have been about $30 each way. “That’s just outrageous. Whoever made this arena wasn’t thinking,” Cosby said. “There should have at least …

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  1. RS says:

    Her son would have had to take a taxi from the Metra station in Elgin to get to Hoffman Estates. The fare would have been about $30 each way.

    “That’s just outrageous. Whoever made this arena wasn’t thinking,” Cosby said. “There should have at least been some type of shuttle,” she said.

    I checked with the Regional Transportation Authority, and she’s right. It is impossible to get to the arena by public transportation.

    I think those of our readers with an environmental bent will find this article interesting. It is sort of surprising that there aren’t buses running to the Sears Centre. If the public transit system won’t do it, could this be a market opportunity for somebody in Elgin to provide shuttle transportation to the Sears Centre during events?

    It could also help to bring foot traffic to the downtown if downtown Elgin is designated as a transit hub for people coming in from Chicago. The way shuttles work, people are bound to have time to kill, and they may just walk around a bit and shop at a downtown store. Maybe this is something DNA or the Elgin Chamber of Commerce can look into.

  2. RS says:

    It would be a nice service not just for people coming in by train from Chicago (or elsewhere) but would be nice for the greenies in Elgin who like to bike and use public transportation as much as possible, don’t you think?

    Really though it’s the Sears Centre that should be providing an ideally free shuttle service between downtown Elgin and the Sears Centre.

    Similarly, I wonder if the Sears corporation operates a shuttle service for its commuting employees…

  3. Common Sense Clarence Hayward says:

    I am on the Elgin transportation citizen sustainability committee addressing long range sustainability issues regarding transportation and mobility. One thought tossed out at our table is are there enough bus routes going from one city to another such as Carpentersville to Elgin etc. (someone they know needed to get from C’ville to an Elgin doctor)
    Also maybe there are not enough other bus routes, train routes, etc.
    We all agreed that the biggest impediment to transportation sustainability issues are lack of dollars and I suspect that the demand for more routes verses the profit or loss of providing them will rule them out as not viable but I could be wrong.
    Does anyone have any comments regarding public transportation issues in Elgin and surrounding towns.
    With the Randall Road corridor so predominant I wonder if gas will get high enough or our desire to contain our carbon footprint so strong that a convenient means of public transportation down all of Randall Road would be a worthy goal?
    I am a tight wad and so I just don’t want to spend money without getting solid quality of life results out of it.
    Regarding bike riding I don’t have positive feelings about the bike lane that was added on Walnut St.. I feel as if it will give bike riders a false sense of security using that lane and I pray it never happens but I am afraid someone on a bike is going to get hit riding in that lane.
    Someone once posted that they were a policeman and that it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Elgin. If so I feel overall that might be more safer to ride on the sidewalk and just dodge the few people walking.
    I do like bike paths that are separate from vehicle traffic and many times close to a nice slice of our natural world such as along the river.
    If someone could create a comfortable bike seat for my baby boomer butt and others they could possibly make a fortune if gasoline gets priced out of our means in the future.

    Any comments posters?

    • RS says:

      When I was a kid, I biked both on the sidewalk and the road, whichever seemed safer at the time. I used to bike down Bode Road to get to the library, and when that got too scary I took the alternative route that uses the dirt path through Lords Park. It would be nice if all the roads at least had shoulders to bike on…

      I also wish there was a way to bike into the Poplar Creek Forest Preserves (Cook County), rather than loading up your bike onto a car, driving there and then biking through the loop, which takes you to the edge of Elgin/Hoffman Estates anyway.

  4. Jessica says:

    If you do a bit of research, you will find that in many cases riding a bike on a sidewalk or sidepath leads to more crashes and is less safe. This is true on roads with many drive-ways or intersections (such as Walnut).

    Most bike-car crashes occur at intersections. Motorists are more less likely to see bicyclists approaching intersections from sidewalks. Sidewalk riding could provide a stronger “false sense of security” than a bike lane. Riding on the sidewalks is also dangerous for pedestrians. I should know–I’ve had a cyclist crash into me before while I was walking. It hurt, knocked my friend to the ground, and could’ve killed my dog.