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The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th St. CIP) is the largest project in The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program, an effort to improve the efficiency of the region’s rail infrastructure. The project is located in the Chicago neighborhoods of Ashburn, Englewood, Auburn Gresham and West Chatham along two passenger and four freight rail lines.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)—in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Chicago Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, the Association of American Railroads, and local communities—has completed a study to determine how these railroad tracks can be “untangled” so that trains, vehicles, and pedestrians move more easily through these neighborhoods.

The Public Hearing for the 75th St. CIP was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Freedom Temple Church of God In Christ, 1459 W. 74th Street, Chicago from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please click here to view a summary report of the hearing.

CREATE Get On Board – January 24
Our next Business-to-Business Networking Event will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Certified disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) businesses and exhibitors should attend to network and learn about CREATE project bid opportunities. Exhibitors and participants must register online. Space is limited. Event flyer (PDF)

Good News!

INFRA grant announced for the CREATE Program!

June 5, 2018 – It was announced that the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program will receive $132 million in federal funding for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP). This investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 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.

The 75th St. CIP includes the following projects –
• Forest Hill Flyover (P3)
• 71st St Road/Rail At-Grade Separation (GS19)
• Belt Junction and 80th Street Junction Replacements (EW2)
• Rock Island Connection (P2)
• Argo Connections (B9)

CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, Cook County, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents. For more about the CREATE Program click here.

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