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Road Week Ahead: March 17 – March 21

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: Community Forums, new lane configurations on the Tri-State Tollway, free rides for seniors, and a television program exploring the effects of explosive growth on a Chicago suburb.

Plus, the Tri-State shuts down – but only for a few hours in the middle of the night.

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Lake Forest employees: Act now to retain Metra shuttle


The trial run of the [privately run] shuttle service [from Conway Park businesses] to the west Lake Forest train station is scheduled to end on March 13, unless sufficient ridership is generated to justify the service and expense longer-term.

This shuttle supports Milwaukee District North line running between Fox Lake and Chicago.

Please encourage your colleagues to use the shuttle and METRA.

The shuttle’s schedule is available here. This privately run shuttle, along with the website, is an example of businesses banding together to provide convenience and added benefit to their employees.

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Website keeps Rt. 60-area employees in the loop is a highly targeted, hyperlocal website. With the tagline of “Your traffic information link for Lake Forest, Mettawa and Surrounding Communities,” the site covers transportation news related to the Route 60 corridor surrounding the Tri-State Tollway.

Much of the content centers around the Conway Park office plaza (now that’s hyperlocal!), and the site is sponsored by the Business Partners Transportation Committee of Lake Forest and Mettawa. The BPTC worked with the ISTHA to have a temporary highway entrance ramp built, allowing direct access from Conway Park to the northbound Tri-State during the Tollway Rebuild and Widen project.

The Conway Park area is home to several companies, as well as the Chicago Bears’ training facility and executive offices. Commercial real estate construction is robust. Two hotels are on the way, located west of the Tri-State.

The Stuck on Sixty website provides timelines, photos of the construction in various stages, maps, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to area transportation websites.

Overall, is an excellent example of using the Web to keep employees, residents and clients up-to-date on transportation issues in a centralized manner. Current transportation information is crucial during long-term road construction in order to reduce commuter headaches and encourage use of alternate routes.

Additional coverage: Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune, October 2007

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