Keeping the GO in Chicago

The CREATE Program is improving the way passengers and goods move over rail. We’re modernizing the Chicago region's rail network to add capacity, reduce travel times and improve safety.

Efficiency: Unraveling Freight Bottlenecks

Each year, nearly half of the nation’s intermodal trains pass through the Chicago region. The CREATE Program is modernizing our rail network so we can better handle today’s traffic and accommodate expected growth in demand for freight.

Safety: Protecting People and Products

Safety is a top priority for railroads. The CREATE Program is bringing new technology and modern railway infrastructure to help protect people and products.

People: Growing a Community of Support

Improving rail transportation helps people and businesses throughout the Chicago region get the goods and services they need while benefiting local communities and the environment. Residents, elected officials, civic leaders and business owners are key stakeholders of the CREATE Program.

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Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the U.S. DOT, State of Illinois, Cook County, City of Chicago, 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.

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The following text segments are found within the below image for Rail Benefits. Economic growth, Chicago will be able to accomodate growth in passenger and freight trains. Fewer delays, reduced delay to passenger and freight trains. Cost Savings, reduced shipping costs can be passed on to customers.
The following text segments are found within the below image for roadway benefits. Fewer Delays, reduced delay to vehicles from eliminating 25 grade crossings. Sustainability, reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Reduced Congestion, Easier movement through the area for trucks and cars. Increased Safety, Eliminating rail-roadway conflicts at 25 grade crossing sites.
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Economic Growth

Chicago can accomodate growth in passenger and freight trains

Fewer Delays

Reduced delay to passenger and freight trains

Cost Savings

Reduced Shipping costs may be passed on to customers

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Fewer Delays

Reduced delay to vehicles from eliminating 25 grade crossing

Sustainability

Reduced delay to vehicles from eliminating 25 grade crossing

Reduced Congestion

Reduced delay to vehicles from eliminating 25 grade crossing

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