Possible field trip by train to Arlington Heights, IL

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Several cities along the Metra line between Harvard, Illinois, and downtown Chicago seem to have leveraged the train stop into development opportunities and more coordinated transportation planning.

The Madison Peak Oil Group could join with other groups and individuals to plan a field trip to Arlington Heights, IL, one of the stops.

The trip would feature meetings with private and public people to learn about the pros and cons of a stop, as a way to evaluate the proposals for train stops in Madison (at Yahara Station, Dane County Airport, or other locations).

A possible schedule might look like this:
7:30 a.m. Meet someplace in Madison
7:45 a.m. Carpool to Harvard, IL
9:35 a.m. Arrive in Harvard, board train
10:32 a.m. Arrive in Arlington Heights
11:00 a.m. Meet with city officials, developers, retailers, etc.
Noon Lunch (possibly with other local people)
2:16 p.m. Leave Arlington Heights
3:20 p.m. Arrive in Harvard
5:00 p.m. Arrive in Madison

If you might be interested in helping plan the trip and make the necessary arrangements, please contact Ed Blume at RENEW Wisconsin or attend the Group's February meeting.

The Group will talk about the field trip at its monthly brown bag meeting on Thursday, February 4, at noon in the lower level conference room at 222 S. Hamilton St., Madison.