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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

The “Get On Board” business-to-business networking event on January 24 offered an opportunity for certified DBEs and small businesses to engage with public agencies, freight and passenger railroads and prime contractors, to learn about bid or professional services opportunities related to the CREATE Program.

Review the “CREATE Projects for Bid” workshop presentation (PDF).