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ducque Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-14-04 01:53 PM
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14. the third Chicago airport
Of course, the reality of things is usually a lot messier than we would like it to be.

There are several reasons for considering the new airport at Peotone:

1) Midway has nowhere to grow. It's in the middle of the city, and at peak times the number of airplanes arriving and departing over the city streets is really frightening.

To say nothing of the fact that it's less than 20 miles from O'Hare.

2) O'Hare and Atlanta jockey for position as the "busiest airport" (sometimes one in terms of flights, sometimes one in terms of passengers). In any case, O'Hare is drastically and unsafely overloaded; that's something no one disagrees about.

There has been a proposal for a new runway and terminal at O'Hare. Unfortunately, like so much other infrastructure in this corner of Illinois, the public infrastructure is butted up against the private infrastructure with no breathing space. That's one good reason so many of the limited-access roads in IL have such a bizarre hodgepodge of asymmetrical exit ramps and on-ramps.

There just ain't a lot of room for O'Hare to expand without knocking down a lot of houses and factories.

And, just as Midway is 20 miles from O'Hare, O'Hare is 20 miles from Midway...

I know several local residents who are pilots for American and United. They've told me that their final approaches can be as long as 60 miles due to the congestion and directional/safety limitations imposed by the current infrastructure. Holding patterns from Chicago extend as far west as the Iowa state line!

So what do you do if you're Chicago? The city needs a new airport desperately. The only question is "where to put it"?

And wherever you put it, there will be a cry of "that's my grandpa's farmland", or "hey, I'm not going to relocate my factory" or "who'd you pay off to get that piece of real estate".

I don't have a solution. As a traveller, I need a safe airport and reasonable schedules.
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