Chicago has long been the rail hub of the nation, both in terms of passenger and freight trains. In the period between World War I and World War II, there were six passenger rail stations in downtown Chicago serving the city’s railroads. Virtually every passenger making a coast-to-coast trip had to pass through Chicago, and likely had to transfer between stations. Three of the stations are still in use today by Amtrak or Metra. Two are completely gone, and another is still standing, but not serving any railroad function. Also today, there is one new downtown station that serves Metra and South Shore trains. Read more
Midway Airport, on the Southwest side of Chicago, was the busiest airport in the world during the 1940′s and 1950′s. The advent of the jet age and the longer runways required by the first generation of these aircraft doomed Midway, which was tucked into a dense residential area with no room for expansion. By the start of the 1970′s, newer technology engines and smaller commercial aircraft serving relatively closer destinations had started a rebound of traffic at Midway, in part in an effort to alleviate the congestion at O’Hare, which inherited Midway’s former status of World’s Busiest Airport. Read more
John LaPlante, PE, PTOE will present “Complete Streets: Who Benefits and Who Pays?” on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:30pm in the Life Science Building Rm 111. Come early for refreshments!
“Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.” – National Complete Streets Coalition Read more
The computational structural mechanics staff at TRACC (http://www.anl.gov/TRACC/index.html) is offering a free training course on October 21-22, 2010. I have attached the poster for the course entitled Developing Compute-efficient, Quality Models with LS-PrePOST 3 on the TRACC Cluster.
To sign up, email CSM_TRACC@anl.gov