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Metra gets $12 million in funding for improvements (June 2, 2020)

June 2, 2020

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) Chair of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials announced that Metra would receive $12 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to the Milwaukee North Line. The funding will be used to upgrade interlockings on the line resulting in fewer delays, increased safety, and greater reliability for Metra and Amtrak passengers in the region.

“This funding will enhance Metra and Amtrak service in Chicagoland, offering commuters fewer delays and greater reliability,” said Chairman Lipinski. “As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, I have fought for increased federal funding to enhance commuter and intercity passenger rail service in the region and around the country, and I am excited to see this grant awarded. I am continuing to work hard to improve the passenger rail experience for my constituents and all commuters by pushing for a $55 billion investment in our nation’s rail infrastructure as part of the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill.”

The funding announced will also help facilitate Metra’s implementation of positive train control (PTC), improving safety for rail workers and commuters. In March, Chairman Lipinski joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to provide $479 million for Metra under the CARES Act to help support the commuter rail service facing dramatic declines in ridership during the COVID-19 crisis.

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