U.S. DOT announces upgrades, grant to Chicago rail connection

The award funds components of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project

October 01, 2018
Railroad upgrades

U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao was joined today by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) and members of the Illinois congressional delegation for a grant announcement marking the award of $132,034,680 to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The award funds the 75th Street Corridor Improvements and Argo Connections components of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project. This funding is provided through the $1.5 billion Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program in partnership with the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago, Chicago’s METRA commuter rail, Amtrak and the nation’s freight railroads.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation received one of the largest INFRA grants this year, totaling $132 million through an exemplary public-private partnership created to improve freight connectivity, decrease congestion and enhance safety along this nationally significant rail network,” said Secretary Chao, in a release.

The CREATE Program is an innovative public-private partnership involving the city of Chicago, state of Illinois, U.S. DOT, and the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads serving the Chicago region.

The project will enhance the region’s economic vitality by improving several high-priority bottlenecks impacting the rail network in Chicago, which moves more than 2 million railcars a year. CREATE will generate significant benefits for the movement of goods and people, and improve safety and access for the local communities.

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Source: U.S. DOT

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