Chicago flyover splits passenger, freight rail

July 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

The U.S. Transportation Department on Friday said its Illinois state counterpart can start spending $126 million for Chicago’s so-called Englewood Flyover project that was awarded last year.

The project, which will get under way later this summer, will eliminate one of the nation’s largest rail bottlenecks, DOT said. The Illinois Department of Transportation contributed $6.6 million to the $133 million project.

The Englewood Flyover is a grade separation project south of Chicago Union Station that eliminates one of the most delay-prone intersections in the entire Amtrak system. It separates Rock Island District Metra commuter trains from Amtrak passenger trains traveling on the Norfolk Southern corridor.

“Untying rail congestion in Chicago is critical to developing a Midwest passenger rail network that will connect the 40 largest markets in the Midwest,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, in a statement.

DOT noted that an agreement between Illinois, Norfolk Southern and Amtrak also lays the groundwork for an additional express track for high-speed trains to points east and south. Amtrak uses the Norfolk Southern line for all trains from Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis into Chicago. The State of Illinois will serve as the hub of the Midwest passenger rail network, DOT said.  Read more.

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