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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.

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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