April 2008 – Newsletter
In This Issue
CREATE Partners Announce Track Work
Helmets to Hardhats Veterans Workshops
Did You Know?
Doing Business with CREATE Notifications
CREATE Partners Announce Track Work To Speed Freight on SE Side
Track and signal work began over the Easter weekend to speed up the movement of freight trains going from the Belt Railway System of Chicago (BRC) to the Norfolk Southern (NS) mainline tracks that run along 95th St. and the Chicago Skyway/Interstate-90.
The work involves upgrading and modernizing the tracks and signal system over a half-mile stretch extending from 101st St. and Commercial Ave. The improvements will increase the speed at which trains can operate in the area from 6 mph to 20 mph. Work should be completed by the first of May.
“This is the latest CREATE project that will not only help ease congestion and benefit air quality, but will help businesses receive their supplies and goods in a more timely manner,” said CDOT Commissioner Thomas G. Byrne.
Two Helmets to Hardhats Veterans Workshops Conducted
The second CREATE/Helmet to Hardhats Veterans Workshop on opportunities for railroad employment was held on April 4 at the Westside Technical Institute in Chicago. The event was hosted by the Chicago Teamsters. Representatives from various state agencies, railroad companies and other organizations were in attendance to support jobs for Illinois veterans.
CSX Transportation delivered a presentation on the types of railroad jobs available and provided support on applying for local railroad jobs online. Guest speakers included Congressman Peter Roskam, Secretary of State Jesse White, CSX Transportation Vice President Tom Livingston, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President Cheryl Johnson.
At a previous CREATE/Helmets to Hardhats event on February 15, Union Pacific provided similar training to veterans. Approximately 300 veterans attended the two events.
Without rail improvements provided by CREATE, the region could lose out on 17,000 jobs and $2 billion annually in economic growth. The CREATE improvements will create jobs that Illinois veterans are well suited for based on their prior military experience. New employees are needed by the railroads in increasing numbers. By 2014 35 percent of all U.S. railroad employees will be eligible to retire.
Did You Know?
Chicago area rail infrastructure covers about 16,000 acres – twice the size of O’Hare International Airport.
“Doing Business with CREATE” On Website
- Belt Railway Company of Chicago
- Canadian Pacific
- Chicago Department of Transportation
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Indiana Harbor Belt
- Norfolk Southern
- Union Pacific