Feds Give $7M to Chicago Union Station Project

The efforts to improve rail service at Chicago Union Station got a boost last week in the form of $7 million in federal funds that will be used to conduct a terminal planning study and create a service development plan to increase capacity at the 90-year-old station.

The funding will supplement $12 million pledged by Amtrak earlier this year to renovating the terminal.

Chicago Union Station is the third-busiest rail terminal in the nation, serving more than 300 trains per weekday.

The station operates at or near capacity during peak periods.

In 2014, 32.5 million Metra passengers arrived or departed on trains at Union Station. Nearly 2.3 million passenger trips on Amtrak were made between Union station and various Midwest destinations.

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