27-mile corridor in context of existing metropolitan
network of highways, commuter rail (Metra + South Shore), and mass transit (CTA)

Information about route

Chicago’s “Mid-Cities Crosstown Corridor” (MCCC) is an evolution of the Crosstown Expressway proposed as an inner circumferential beltway around the city’s “Loop” central business district. The CBD has been the hub of a superb network of radial expressways, rapid transit, and commuter rail lines which, nonetheless, fail to provide more direct travel between outlying neighborhoods or redundancy if critical nodes are disrupted. The city has followed Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan, however its mid-20th century incarnation heavily-weighted towards the automobile fell victim to the anti-highway revolt. This resurrection places cars, trucks, transit, bicycles and other non-motorized, recreational transportation on an equal footing while cutting residential + commercial displacements to less than one-third the 10,000 people that Crosstown would have moved. Indeed, the new modalities of Ultra-Light Rail Transit (ULRT) + Autonomous Rail Vehicles (ARV) would handle the largest proportion of trips, and could also carry some freight.