Railroad, US, and Illinois officials break ground on nearly $500 million in Chicago rail upgrades

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Officials broke ground on Oct. 1 for a nearly $500 million rail improvement project in Chicago near 75th Street in the city. Locomotives from the railroads affected include: CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, Belt Railway of Chicago, Metra, and Union Pacific.
Dean Mastoras
CHICAGO — Railroad, U.S., and Illinois state officials today announced nearly $500 million in coming upgrades to Chicago railroad infrastructure as part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency or CREATE Program.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined rail executives to unveil $474 million in planned upgrades to the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, a key segment of create.

Officials say that when the new construction is finished in 2025, railroads and the economy of local communities will enjoy as much as $3.8 billion in benefits. The corridor project is aimed at relieving congestion through which as much as 25 percent of U.S. freight traffic passes and well as 30 daily Metra passenger trains.

According to news releases, Illinois taxpayers will pay $111 million of the project's tab, freight railroads will pay $116 milllion; the City of Chicago, $9 million; Cook County, Ill., $78 million; Metra and Amtrak, $28 million; and the U.S. Department of Transportation, $132 million.

More information is available online. 

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