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CREATE Partners (Thompson/Sriver) discuss CREATE on WGN’s “Wintrust Business Lunch”

USDOT awards $132 million grant for CREATE projects

Illinois awards $241M to freight projects

Amtrak Chicago Gateway Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel


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INFRA grant announced for the CREATE Program!

June 5, 2018 – It was announced today that the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program will receive $132 million in federal funding for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP). This investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will help separate several freight and passenger rail lines in the Englewood, Auburn Gresham and West Chatham neighborhoods that currently intersect and create significant delays, train idling and congestion. This project is an important step in updating the region’s rail infrastructure and will help increase reliability and efficiency nationally. Click here to read the grant application. A short video explains how the 75th St CIP will improve freight and passenger train movements in Chicago.

Click here to watch Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Ed Hamberger, AAR, receive the INFRA grant with Secretary Chao at US DOT on June 8, 2018.

The 75th St. CIP includes the following projects –

Illinois Competitive Freight Program Announces Award for Columbus Ave Grade Separation (GS11)

The CREATE Program’s GS11 grade separation project at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and the Belt Railway Company of Chicago will receive $49.9 million in funding through IDOT’s Illinois Competitive Freight Program, which is administered by IDOT using federal funds. The Columbus Avenue grade separation on Chicago’s south side will eliminate a grade crossing, reduce congestion and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and over 11,500 vehicles per day.

Invest in Cook Grant Awarded for CREATE Project

On July 25, 2018 Cook County announced the 2018 Invest in Cook grant recipients. The Dolton Interlocking Improvement (CREATE Project WA11) in Dolton, Illinois was awarded $600,000. This funding, combined with $600,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and $300,000 from the private railroad partners, will allow the completion of right-of-way acquisition. The Phase II design for this project, funded by the private railroad partners and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is nearing completion positioning the project competitively for construction funding.

When completed, Dolton Interlocking (WA11) will improve rail capacity thereby increasing freight and passenger train speeds, as well as improve nine highway-rail crossings in Dolton and Riverdale. These improvements will reduce delays at grade crossings, reduce congestion, and improve safety in both communities.

CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents.

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