Chicago Transit Upgrade Gets $156M in New Federal Funds
Another $125 million on top of that is written into President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal
The federal government is steering $156 million in new funding to help Chicago modernize congested and aging sections of its busiest commuter rail corridor.
Another $125 million on top of that has been allocated as well for Chicago and is written into President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal. However, that money has to make it through Congress before it can become new track and signals for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red and Purple Line modernization.
The massive project could double the capacity of the busy routes connecting the North Side with downtown and help accommodate the increasing commuters. It will replace track infrastructure and stations that are nearly a century old in places. It will also construct a bypass to unjam a congested rail intersection.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says such projects improve access to opportunities like jobs and education.