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10-6-2022: NS names Benesch to perform final track design for CREATE project

09-30-2022: UP Selects HDR for Final Track Design, Engineering Services on CREATE Project

09-29-2022: Belt Railway seeks signal-design proposals for CREATE’s 75th Street project

07-05-2022: Chicago’s 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project Introduces New Generation to Transportation Careers While Untangling Congested Railroad Tracks and Roads

06-21-2022: CREATE Program wraps up Argo Connections project

03-08-2022: Chicago in the running for billions in new transportation funds: Buttigieg

01-26-2022: CREATE donates funds for Chicago-area STEM education


12-27-2021: Op-ed: Here’s why we need to re-imagine transportation in Northeastern Illinois

11-22-2021: Franklin Park may get faster train traffic: Metra, Canadian Pacific, CREATE officials herald upgrades

11-17-2021: Officials mark completion of Metra’s CREATE project

11-17-2021: CREATE partners mark completion of Metra-CP crossover upgrades

11-17-2021: Franklin Park crossovers separate Canadian Pacific and Metra moves  

08-24-2021: Union Station needs a friend in a high place

06-04-2021: Q&A How California can ‘Build Back Better’

04-15-2021: Metra releases its 2021 construction program

04-14-2021: 4 projects that could be funded by Biden’s infrastructure package

03-29-2021: As Biden readies infrastructure plan, local officials urged not to ‘squander’ opportunities


03-09-2020: Help is on the way for one of the worst Chicago-area intersections for freight train delays


06-12-2019: $19M federal grant slated to improve rail crossings

05-30-2019: CREATE partners complete BNSF Western Avenue Corridor project

04-26-2019: Construction set to start on $32 million Chicago-area Argo Connections project

04-26-2019: U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski and CREATE Program Partners Celebrate Argo Connections Groundbreaking

04-25-2019: CREATE partners plan groundbreaking, assign designer for project

02-26-2019: CAGTC board member Szabo to Congress: Growth in freight requires growth in funding

02-26-2019: Duckworth moves to boost funding for O’Hare, rail project

01-31-2019: CREATE program partners host unique networking event

01-2019: Feds, states and railroads team up to boost grade crossing safety

01-28-2019: Minority Contractors Looking To Get A Piece Of Multimillion Dollar Railroad Project Gather In Englewood


12-2018: CREATE 75th Street project targets rail traffic fluidity at busy Chicago junction

11-12-2018: Fixing Chicago’s freight rail congestion

10-02-2018: Rail, government officials mark 75th Street Corridor project in Chicago

10-01-2018: Preckwinkle, Partners Mark 75th Street Rail Corridor Improvement Project

10-01-2018: Chicago receives federal grant to relieve South Side rail congestion

08-15-2018: Maureen Pekosh: Taking on Railroads Requires Much Pull

08-10-2018: Planning in the News

08-08-2018: Railway Gridlock Fix Should Equal Better Service for Metra Riders

07-2018: CREATE update: Briefing, tour tout progress of effort to unclog Chicago’s rail network

07-23-2018: Major Transformation Coming to Chicago’s 75th Street Train Corridor

07-18-2018: Plans aim to streamline Chicago rail network

07-17-2018: CREATE, and How the Lack of a National Infrastructure Vision Hurts Us All

07-11-2018: Next phase to detangle massive railroad bottleneck starts next spring

07-11-2018: How a $4 billion plan could untangle Chicago’s rail system and speed commutes

06-08-2018: Public/Private Partnership Commended for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

06-08-2018: Illinois awards $241M to freight projects

06-06-2018: USDOT awards $132 million grant for CREATE projects

06-05-2018: State gets $132 million federal grant to reduce South Side railroad delays

06-05-2018: One of the Country’s Most Congested Rail Points Set for Major Makeover

06-05-2018: USDOT awards $132 million grant to Chicago railway project

06-05-2018: A $132 million federal grant to address a notorious rail snarl


11-07-2017: MIPRC supports region’s INFRA grant application to untangle Chicago’s railroads

05-29-2017: CREATE is a vital plan for freight

03-30-2017: Can We Make Chicago’s Trains Run on Time?

02-27-2017: Senator Tammy Duckworth Hosts Transportation Roundtable in Chicago

02-27-2017: Duckworth: I’ll work with Trump on transportation spending plan


07-25-2016: After 13 years of collaboration and determination, CREATE partners continue to take on Chicago’s tangled rail network

07-21-2016: Business Insider – This spot in Chicago is the epitome of a more than $100 billion problem facing America


10-02-2015: Crains: What Will it Take to Unclog Chicago’s Creaky Rail Network?

08-11-2015: The Wall Street Journal

07-2015: Trains

05-06-2015: Chicago Business


10-26-2014: Financial Post

10-24-2014: Financial Post

12-15-2014: Metra, freight railroads push project to untangle rail corridor

12-09-2014: MPC Roundtable—CREATE: Freight Driving the Economy (full event video)

03-19-2014: RT&S: CREATE keeps Chicago rail moving

02-27-2014: Chicago Tribune: Increased Investment in Local Transportation


9-30-2013: Railway Age pdf opens in a new tab (PDF)

9-25-2013: Blue Island rail project to smooth freight traffic

4-17-2013: Creating a better rail hub: interview with William C. Thompson


7-3-2012: Progressive Railroading

5-7-2012: The New York Times


8-2011: Trains (PDF) opens in a new tab

6-24-2011: Progressive Railroading (PDF) opens in a new tab

6-24-2011: Belmont Underpass (GS 7) video

6-23-2011: Chicago Sun Times (PDF) opens in a new tab

6-22-2011: Chicago Tribune (PDF) opens in a new tab

6-20-2011: Chicago Tribune (PDF) opens in a new tab


12-15-2010: Railway Technology (PDF) opens in a new tab

11-2010: Railway Track & Structures (PDF) opens in a new tab

9-9-2010: Chicago Tribune (PDF) opens in a new tab

9-2010: CE News (PDF) opens in a new tab

9-2010: Progressive Railroading (PDF) opens in a new tab

7-23-2010: Progressive Railroading (PDF) opens in a new tab

7-22-2010: Journal of Commerce (PDF) opens in a new tab

5-1-10: High Speed Funds Granted/CREATE Wins Big with TIGER (PDF) opens in a new tab

3-18-10: Railway Track and Structures (PDF) opens in a new tab

3-08-10: Crains (PDF) opens in a new tab

2-25-10: New York Times (PDF) opens in a new tab

2-16-10: Crains (PDF) opens in a new tab

1-4-10: Journal of Commerce: Chicago Program Opens New Rail Link (PDF) opens in a new tab


10-09: Trains: CREATE Backers Inch Ahead (PDF) opens in a new tab

07-15-09: The Wall Street Journal: Rail Funds Give Chicago Hub a Lift (PDF) opens in a new tab

07-16-09: Forbes: New Rail Money to Put the “Go” back in Chicago opens in a new tab

04-20-09: Journal of Commerce – Untangling the Chicago Knot opens in a new tab


12-11-08: U.S. News and World Report December 15/December 22, 2008 (PDF)

12-08-08: Journal of Commerce (PDF) opens in a new tab

07-07-08: Journal of Commerce (PDF) opens in a new tab

05-28-08: US rail network facing congestion ‘calamity’ (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-21-08: Crain’s Chicago Business (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-21-08: Atlantic-Clogged Arteries (PDF) opens in a new tab

01-28-08: Engineering News Record (PDF) opens in a new tab

01-14-08: Crains Chicago Business (PDF) opens in a new tab


11-30-2007: Progressive Railroading (PDF) opens in a new tab

09-10-07: Logistics Today Interview (PDF) opens in a new tab

09-06-07: Franklin Park: Construction Complete (PDF) opens in a new tab

08-27-07: Chicago Sun Times – A Grand Plan (PDF) opens in a new tab

07-16-07: Chicago Tribune (PDF) opens in a new tab

04-02-07: Urban Land – LandWrites (PDF) opens in a new tab

03-02-07: Rockford Register Star (PDF) opens in a new tab

03-01-07: Trains Magazine (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-28-07: The State Journal Register (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-28-07: WBBM Radio (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-27-07: Indiana Economic Digest (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-16-07: Progressive Railroading (PDF) opens in a new tab

02-13-07: First Federal Funds Released for CREATE Program (PDF) opens in a new tab