Tonight’s episode of On The Fly featured a group of twelve passengers bound for Milwaukee who misconnected and ended up stranded in…well, airports all start to look alike after a while. Anyway, the best option they were given was a flight to Chicago Midway, whereupon all of the stranded passengers began to groan about rental cars and arranging to get picked up at the airport and things like that.
Next time you find yourself in that situation, think intermodal (because it might just save your trip)! Amtrak offers fast, frequent service from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee—not just the intermodal station in downtown Milwaukee, but the airport, too! So, even if you’d parked your car at the airport in Milwaukee, Amtrak will get you right back where you started. A quick trip on the CTA Orange Line from Midway to Quincy, three blocks west to Union Station, hop on the Hiawatha Service, and you’re set! No car to rent, no traffic to get stuck in, and no friends to badger for a ride. Best of all, it’s probably cheaper than renting a car.
I’ve seen many people characterize cars as freedom and transit as some sort of straitjacket on rails—but here again transit is the fast, easy, inexpensive, and stress-free option. So, next time you travel, think out of the box, and think intermodal!