You know I started to research frequencies the other day for CUS. Amtrak, METRA, etc. I used Wiki to get a general idea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_U ... ion#Amtrak
I think I came up with something like 13 lines (both LD and corridor) with daily frequency, 1 with thrice weekly (Cardinal), Hiawatha (7), Lincoln (4), Wolverine (3), for a total of 28 max (allowing for the Cardinal and weekend Hiawatha, 26).
Then there are six I believe METRA lines into CUS. I didn't attempt to figure out those frequencies.
These are your CHI stations:
-CUS: Amtrak's "flagship" Midwest station, they own it, 4th busiest in country after NYP, GCT, and Jamaica (Brooklyn),
30 island platforms/24 tracks (14 South/10 North)
-Millennium (Randolph): South Shore, Electric District, 4th busiest in Chicago, 6 island platforms/13 tracks
-Ogilvie (C&NW): 3 lines (UP North, UP NW, UP West), 8 island/16 tracks
-LaSalle St: 1 line, Rock Island, 2 side 3 island platforms/8 tracks
-Central: demolished 1974, commuter service until 2009, reroute to St. Charles Airline, yards being redeveloped
-Dearborn: abandoned 1976, only head house remains
It amazes me that they still have 4 active terminals, but perhaps I shouldn't be amazed. The NY Metro area has NYP, GCT, Atlantic, Hunterspoint, and Hoboken (9th busiest station in the US, 6th in NY area), and once had another 4 west of the Hudson.
So, what's my point? To make a short story long, it's that I just don't see a need for Amtrak to have more than one station in Chicago with a possible exception in some cases. It's their hub. Rock Island was used as an example; for intercity, it seems like that's served by CUS, with a potential Metra extension.
I do understand Tad's point about problematic legacy connections; it just seems to me that it's more of a corridor/commuter issue, and in Chicago and New York you still have multiple terminals. I think for additional services Amtrak might add? Sure. Do some of the Amtrak services have frustrating routing? Absolutely, yes. So which of those LD's or corridor trains should be moved? I'd hesitate to move LD's as CUS is the transfer point from East to West, or South. But corridor trains? They don't seem likely candidates to require transfers, and those few that might could be accommodated by other methods.
So after all the back and forth, that's my summation LOL!
So which corridor trains should be relo'd into Metra terminals?
I'd add I'm not opposed to Amtrak going back to GCT, and adding Hoboken (I'm living here in Allentown, where they're closing all the factories down, and it's getting very hard to stay.......). Why should I be stuck with one station in Manhattan?