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Lipinski Helps Secure $132 Million Federal Grant for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), along with other members of the Illinois delegation, is announcing $132 million in federal funding to the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP).  This investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation 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.  Once completed, SouthWest Service and Rock Island Metra passengers in the Congressman's district should see a substantial improvement in overall service.

“This is a big win for the Chicago area,” stated Rep. Lipinski.  “The CREATE program is critical to our region in creating jobs, boosting the economy, improving Metra and Amtrak service, and alleviating blocked rail crossings.  Since I was able to secure the initial $100 million grant to begin CREATE in 2005, we have made significant progress in this public-private partnership with federal funding leading the way.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to secure further funding and complete CREATE.” 

Including the initial $100 million and today's grant, Lipinski has now worked to secure over $765 million for CREATE.  In addition, he has led several delegation letters in support of funding for CREATE, and he helped push the Department of Transportation to resolve an ongoing issue related to minority contracting on the Englewood Flyover project.

According to CREATE, when the 75th Street CIP is complete, it will eliminate 18,500 annual passenger hours of delay by removing conflicts between freight and commuter trains, increase capacity at Union Station, decrease train idling, improve air quality in the surrounding neighborhoods, and replace or rehabilitate 36 viaducts for increased mobility.