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The CREATE program will enhance the quality of life of Chicago-area residents by bringing critically needed rail improvements to communities throughout the region. The 70 projects include:

Most of the CREATE improvements are grouped along or near four rail corridors running through the Chicago region. Each project is named according to the corridor it lies along or its project category (grade separations and towers).

 

 

Beltway Corridor

Proj. No. Project Name Location Project Photos/Videos Key Benefit†

B1

CP double & IHB connection

Franklin Park

  

Reduces delays to commuter and freight trains and to motorists at nearby at-grade crossings.

B2

Proviso 3rd Main

Bellwood/Berkeley/
Elmhurst/Melrose Park

  

Adds capacity for commuter and freight trains and increases pedestrian safety at stations.

B3

Melrose connection

Bellwood

 

Adds capacity into and out of a major freight rail yard, and reduces delays on an adjacent freight railroad.

B4*

TCS LaGrange to CP Hill

LaGrange/LaGrange Park/McCook

 

Adds capacity and reduces delays for freight trains, and reduces delay to motorists at nearby at-grade crossings.

B5*

TCS LaGrange to CP Hill

Bellwood/Broadview/
Melrose Park

 

Adds capacity and reduces delays for freight trains, and reduces delay to motorists at nearby at-grade crossings.

B6

McCook

McCook

 

Increased speed and capacity for freight trains, and reduces conflict with passenger trains.

B8

TCS Argo to Canal

Bedford Park/
Bridgeview/
Summit

 

Increases freight train speed and reduces delay to intercity passenger trains where their paths cross.

B9**

Argo

Chicago/
Bedford Park/
Bridgeview/Summit

 

Improves freight train travel time, speed, and reliability, greatly increases capacity, and allows more evenly distributed train traffic throughout the regional rail network.

B12

CP Francisco

Alsip/Blue Island

 

Adds capacity and reduces delays for freight trains through a major corridor.

B15

TCS Blue Island

Blue Island/
Dolton/Riverdale

 

Increases speed and capacity for freight trains, and reduces delay to intercity passenger trains where their paths cross.

B16

Thornton Jct

South Holland

 

Creates a track connection that allows more evenly distributed freight train traffic throughout the regional rail network

East-West Corridor

Proj. No.

Project Name

Location

 

Key Benefit†

EW1**

Argo

Chicago/
Bedford Park/
Bridgeview/Summit

 

Improves freight train travel time, speed, and reliability, greatly increases freight train capacity, and allows more evenly distributed train traffic throughout the regional rail network.

EW2***

80th Street

Chicago

 

Greatly increases freight and commuter train speed and capacity by removing the most severe rail bottleneck in the region; eliminates 9,000 annual passenger hours of delay for commuters.

EW3

Pullman Jct

Chicago

 

Adds capacity and allows greater flexibility and access to existing main line tracks.

EW4

CP 509

Chicago

 

Increases freight train speeds and capacity through a connection, reducing potential for conflict.

Grade Separations

Proj. No.

Project Name

Location

 

Key Benefit†

GS1

63rd St/Harlem Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 15,500 vehicles (1,000 of which are delayed) and 192 CTA/Pace buses per day.  This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS2

Central Ave/54th St

Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 20,800 vehicles. Eliminates delay to over 600 vehicles daily,resulting in alleviation of 6,700 annual motorist hours of delay.  This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS3a

Morgan St/Pershing Road

Chicago

 

Reduces traffic delays by either eliminating a grade crossing or installing dynamic signage to direct motorists to use alternative routes when the crossing is blocked.

GS4

Central Ave

Chicago Ridge/
Oak Lawn

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 19,400 vehicles. Eliminates delay to nearly 2,450 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of almost 18,700 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS5a

Grand Ave

Franklin Park

 

Eliminates a grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for motorists and pedestrians. Eliminates delay for over 5,000 vehicles.

GS6

25th Ave

Melrose Park/
Bellwood

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 19,000 vehicles daily. Eliminates delay for 3,500 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of 28,400 annual motorist hours of delay. Enables community development and redevelopment.

GS7

Belmont Rd

Downers Grove

 

Eliminates grade crossing adjacent to a commuter train station, reducing congestion and improving safety for 18,000 vehicles per day. Reduces idling and vehicular emissions.

GS8a

5th Ave

Maywood

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 8,600 vehicles and 66 Pace buses per day. Eliminates delay to nearly 1,200 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 7,200 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS9

Archer Ave/Kenton Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 18,600 vehicles and 259 CTA buses per day. Eliminates delay to more than 2,700 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of nearly 59,600 annual motorist hours of delay. This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS10

47th St/East Ave

LaGrange/
McCook

 

Eliminates two grade crossings, reducing congestion and improving safety for 31,000 vehicles per day. Eliminates delay to over 6,100 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of nearly 77,000 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS11

Columbus Ave/Maplewood Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 11,500 vehicles per day.  Eliminates delay to nearly 1,700 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of more than 36,800 annual motorist hours of delay. This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS12

1st Ave

Maywood

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 26,800 vehicles per day. Eliminates delay to over 3,700 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of almost 22,500 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS13

31st St

LaGrange Park

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 17,400 vehicles per day. Eliminates delay to nearly 2,100 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of almost 16,000 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS14

71st St

Bridgeview

 

Eliminates a grade crossing in a major industrial area adjacent to a 20,000-seat multipurpose stadium near the entrance to a major rail yard complex. Improves safety and reduces delay for 4,400 vehicles daily.

GS15a

130th St/Torrence Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates two grade crossings adjacent to a major assembly plant, reducing congestion and improving safety for 27,400 vehicles per day.  Retains Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, a major employer at the project site. This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS16

Irving Park Rd

Bensenville

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 32,600 vehicles and 31 Pace buses per day.

GS17

Western Ave

Blue Island

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 8,200 vehicles and 100 Pace buses per day. Eliminates delay to over 1,500 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of almost 33,700 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS18

Harlem Ave

Berwyn /Riverside

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 28,200 vehicles and 14 Pace buses per day. Eliminates delay to nearly 5,000 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 29,700 annual motorist hours of delay. Improves commuter access for vehicles and pedestrians.

GS19***

71st St/Bell Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates a grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for motorists and pedestrians.

GS20

87th St/Rockwell St

Chicago/
Evergreen Park

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 27,200 vehicles and 190 CTA buses per day. Eliminates delay to nearly 3,000 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 41,000 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS21a

95th St/Eggleston Ave

Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 24,000 vehicles, 2,800 trucks, and 700 CTA/Pace buses per day.  This is a “911 Critical Crossing.”

GS22

115th St

Alsip

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 10,000 vehicles per day. Eliminates delay to over 1,200 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 9,600 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS23a

Cottage Grove

Dolton

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 5,100 vehicles per day. Eliminates delay to approximately 1,300 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 26,000 annual motorist hours of delay.

GS24

Maple Ave

Brookfield

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 10,100 vehicles and 70 Pace buses per day. Eliminates delay to approximately 2,200 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 16,000
annual motorist hours of delay.

GS25

Roosevelt Road

West Chicago

 

Eliminates grade crossing, reducing congestion and improving safety for 33,600 vehicles per day. Approximately 3,800 vehicles were previously delayed at this location daily. This project eliminated 18,490 annual motorist hours of delay.

Passenger Corridor

Proj. No.

Project Name

Location

 

Key Benefit†

P1

63rd & State

Chicago


Englewood Flyover Dedication Ceremony


Installation of Beams


Englewood Flyover

Removes conflict point between commuter, passenger, and freight trains, alleviating delay for commuters and Amtrak’s most severe delay point in the Midwest; also increases commuter track capacity for future service (see project P2). Reduces locomotive engine idling, resulting in reduced emissions and improved air quality.

P2***

74th Street

Chicago


75th Street Corridor

Frees up space for increased intercity passenger rail trains at Chicago Union Station by shifting a growing commuter rail line to another downtown terminal that has spare capacity, eliminates delay for commuters and increases speed and capacity for all trains.

P3***

75th Street

Chicago


75th Street Corridor

Takes a growing commuter rail route out of the path of freight trains, eliminating delay for commuters.

P4

Grand Crossing

Chicago


Grand Crossing

Provides a more direct routing for passenger trains from the south, shaving 10-15 minutes off of train schedules relative to current routing.

P5

Brighton Park

Chicago

 

Removes conflict point between commuter, passenger, and freight trains, eliminating delay for commuters and passenger trains. Increases freight train speeds from 30 mph to 45 mph.

P6

Canal

Summit

 

Removes conflict point between commuter, passenger, and freight trains, eliminating 3,000 annual passenger hours of delay for commuters and even greater delays for passenger trains. Improves safety and reliability.

P7

Chicago Ridge

Chicago Ridge

 

Removes conflict point between commuter and freight trains, alleviating delay for commuters. Commuter train speeds will be able to increase from 50 mph to 79 mph upon completion of the infrastucture improvement.

Western Avenue Corridor

Proj. No.

Project Name

Location

 

Key Benefit†

WA1

Ogden Jct.

Chicago

 

Increases freight and commuter train speed and capacity by modernizing train control system; eliminates 4,812 hours of delay annually for Metra commuter trains.

WA2

TCS Blue Island Sub

Chicago

 

Modernizes train control system, adds capacity, increases speed, and reduces delays for freight, passenger and commuter trains.

WA3

Ashland Ave. & CJ Mains

Chicago

 

Adds capacity, increases speed, and reduces delays for freight, commuter, and passenger trains.

WA4

BNSF Horseshoe

Chicago

 

Provides new connection between major freight yards and main line tracks, adding capacity, improving safety, and reducing delays.

WA5

Corwith Tower

Chicago

 

Increases freight train speed, reliability, and capacity at the eastern terminal of the busiest transcontinental intermodal corridor in the U.S.

WA7

Brighton Park

Chicago

 

Provides new connection between freight train routes, adding capacity and reducing delays.

WA10

Blue Island Jct.

Blue Island

 

Improves a track connection that allows more evenly distributed freight train traffic throughout the regional rail network and eliminates two to three hours of transfer time.

WA11

Dolton Interlocking

Chicago /Dolton/Riverdale

 

Increases freight train speed and reduces delay at a point where multiple train paths cross.

Other Projects

 

Project Name

Location

 

Key Benefit†

 

Common Operational Picture

Chicago and suburbs (Chicago Terminal District)

 

Allows dispatchers to identify congestion and reroute trains in real time, improving operations for all 1,300 daily freight, commuter, and passenger trains in the region.

 

Viaduct Improvement Program

Chicago (various locations)

  

Improved roadways, sidewalks, and curbs under railroad viaducts to enhance safety and security for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

 

Grade Crossing Safety Program

Suburbs (various locations)

 

Improves motorist and pedestrian safety at grade crossings where a grade separation is infeasible or not currently planned.

T1–T12 Towers Various   Increases reliability of train operations at key crossings throughout the region, reducing commuter, passenger, and freight train delays.

For a detailed description of each project’s full benefits, please click on the link to view the corresponding project’s fact sheet.

*

Projects B4 and B5 are linked for the purposes of environmental review and design/construction.

**

Projects B9 and EW1 are linked for the purposes of environmental review and design/construction.

***

Projects P2, P3, EW2, and GS19 are linked for the purposes of environmental review.