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Lipinski Praises USDOT Taking Step Forward in Union Station Revitalization

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is praising the announcement that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has taken an important step toward approving the use of federal Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) or Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funds to help facilitate the revitalization of Union Station in Chicago.  Lipinski led the successful effort to include language in the FAST Act – the five-year transportation funding bill passed last Congress – that made Union Station eligible for these programs. 

“Tens of thousands of Metra and Amtrak passengers utilize Union Station every weekday, many of them my constituents,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “The station is in need of revitalization when it comes to the rail infrastructure, environmental conditions, and amenities available to passengers.  That is why I worked hard to get language included in the FAST Act to make Union Station and other similar facilities eligible for federal assistance.  I am very happy that the USDOT has decided to take a critical step toward facilitating work that will transform Union Station into the 21st century transportation hub that people in our region deserve.” 

Today’s announcement of an Emerging Projects Agreement on Union Station is a step toward the USDOT awarding a RRIF or TIFIA loan.  The agreement also enables the USDOT to provide planning assistance as the project moves ahead.