Rail

Chicago lands $130M for rail infrastructure upgrades

Posted on October 4, 2018

The C.R.E.A.T.E. Program is an innovative public-private partnership involving the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads serving the Chicago region.
Metra
The C.R.E.A.T.E. Program is an innovative public-private partnership involving the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads serving the Chicago region.Metra

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao was joined 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 (C.R.E.A.T.E) project.

The 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 Elaine L. Chao.

The C.R.E.A.T.E. Program is an innovative public-private partnership involving the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), and the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads serving the Chicago region.

“The rail improvement projects we initiate today are central to the economic vitality of Illinois,” said Gov. Rauner. “We are especially grateful to U.S. DOT, Secretary Chao, and our federal partners for the support that green-lighted the plan.”

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 two million railcars a year. C.R.E.A.T.E will generate significant benefits for the movement of goods and people, and improve safety and access for the local communities.

U.S. DOT’s INFRA grants support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. In June 2018, Secretary Chao announced INFRA grant awards totaling almost $1.5 billion. The INFRA grants empower states and local communities to make significant long-term infrastructure improvements.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Maryland maglev project garners local chambers of commerce support

The Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) train will start with a 36-mile route from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore City.

Alstom-Bombardier consortium lands French railcar order

The confirmed part of the contract covers the delivery of 44 trains for a sum of over $587 million, which may be supplemented by options exercised for a total of up to 410 trains.

Texas Central signs with Kiewit unit to prep for high-speed rail install

Mass. Electric will focus on core system, safety elements, including all necessary power, signaling and communications equipment.

LAN selected for Calif. platform extension project

The project will extend the ACE platform at Fremont station by 400 feet to accommodate longer 10-car trains.

LIRR safety fixes 'virtually eliminated' motorists turning onto tracks

The FRA recommends other railroads review program, which uses flexible delineators at railroad crossings and enhanced GPS alerts.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation