Chicago rail connection gets more than $130 million in infrastructure grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a $132.03-million grant to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The money will fund the 75th Street Corridor Improvements and Argo Connections components of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project.

The funding is provided through the $1.5-billion Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program in partnership with Illinois, Chicago, Chicago’s METRA Commuter Rail, Amtrak and the nation’s freight railroads.

The CREATE 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. CREATE will generate significant benefits for the movement of goods and people, and improve safety and access for the local communities,” says an IDOT statement.

Meanwhile, construction has started on the $474-million 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project in Chicago, expected to be completed in 2025.

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