Mayor Emanuel resurrects idea of express train to O’Hare

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Inbound and outbound CTA Blue Line trains pass each other near the Cumberland Avenue Station on Feb. 5, 2015. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is resurrecting the idea of an express train to whisk business travelers and tourists between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.

The city says an engineering firm will spend the next 10 months evaluating potential routes, drafting designs and coming up with a construction timeline and cost estimate.

If the plan moves ahead, Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans tells the Chicago Tribune the city would look for a private company to cover construction costs and operate the system. But she says some public money would likely be needed.

Fares would range from $25 to $35 for the roughly 20-minute journey, which is half the time it takes for the city’s Blue Line “L” trains.

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley also once sought a high-speed rail link.

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