FRA Grant to Fund Chicago Grade Separation

A proposed grade separation at a busy Chicago grade crossing used by Amtrak’s Chicago-Indianapolis route will receive a $1.25 million Federal Railroad Administration grant.

The project will separate a Union Pacific double-track mainline with 95th Street at Eggleston Avenue. The UP route was once owned by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois.

FRAOfficials said that on a typical day the crossing sees 24 UP and CSX trains, two Amtrak trains, 700 buses and 24,000 motor vehicles.

The grant will be used to fund design and engineering services.

Funding for the project was awarded to the Chicago Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the FRA’s Safe Transportation of Energy Products by Rail Program.

The grade separation is part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program.

CREATE competed against applicants for a share of $10 million in funding to improve grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products including crude oil and ethanol.

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