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Stronger Regional and National Economies

Freight and passenger railroads employ 18,373 people in Illinois. There are 38,000+ rail-related jobs, including rail suppliers in Illinois, representing $1.7 billion in annual wages. Railroad wages are highly competitive, averaging $111,630 including benefits.

According to U.S. DOT, the volume of imported and exported goods transported via rail to, from, or through Chicago is forecast to increase nearly 150 percent between 2010 and 2040. More high value products will be shipped via rail in the coming years, so efficient and reliable service will be increasingly important. Infrastructure improvements planned through the CREATE Program are critical to fully unlocking the potential of the national freight rail system to serve significant future demand.

A Better Quality of Life for Northeastern Illinois

Regionally, CREATE will enhance passenger rail service, reduce motorist delays, increase public safety, improve air quality, create and retain jobs, and strengthen economic competitiveness.