Chicago Transit Explores Groceries in Train Stations

Agency hopes to reap $100M over 5 years with new developments
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train heads into Chicago's Loop area in this July 12, 2006, file photo.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
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(Newser) – The Chicago Transit Authority is looking make more money from the real estate it owns, and is investigating installing grocery stores and restaurants inside “L” (elevated train) stations, the Tribune reports—with the agency hoping to generate $100 million over the next 5 years from such commercial development. "People could get off directly inside the grocery store and go shopping without ever going outside," one official says.