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Lipinski Announces $17.8 Million For Metra Improvements

CHICAGO--Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) today announced that Metra will receive $17,840,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for rail improvements. The funding will support the construction of a new grade-separated double-tracked rail bridge over Milwaukee Avenue immediately north of the Grayland Metra Station in Chicago. Construction is expected to begin next spring.

“I’m proud to work with my colleagues to identify and support federal funding opportunities for Metra,” Lipinski said. “The DOT funds will help fix Metra’s aging infrastructure and help make its transportation systems safer and more reliable for commuters. As Chair of the Railroad Subcommittee, I look forward to continue working on solutions to address our infrastructure needs.”

“We are extremely grateful that our elected officials have shown us once again that they understand the value of Metra by helping us obtain the funding needed to improve our system,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “This project is crucial for increasing reliability and performance for our customers along the Milwaukee District North Line.”

The funding was awarded through the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program, which helps fund capital projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly owned railroad assets, as well as to improve intercity passenger-rail performance.