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Englewood Flyover

Topline Community Benefits

Eliminated conflict for over 130 passenger and freight trains daily.

Modern redesign of a historical freight-passenger bottleneck.

Enabled rail growth in the future.

Project Funding Needs

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Fully funded and complete

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Project Area

North Limit W 57th Pl.
South Limit 69th St.
East Limit State St.
West Limit S Halsted Ave.

Project Overview & Impact

The Englewood flyover eliminated conflict between 78 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains that previously crossed at grade through the Englewood interlocking daily. The project relieved a significant source of delay for Amtrak trains from Michigan and points east, as well as for NS freight trains. By eliminating many of these delays, the project reduced locomotive engine idling, resulting in reduced emissions and improved air quality.

This project included the construction of a rail-rail flyover to carry the north – south Metra Rock Island line over the east-west NS/Amtrak line. It constructed bridges to accommodate three tracks to carry Metra operations over the four tracks of NS and a possible future fifth track for a high speed intercity passenger rail connection to points east and/or south.

This project’s completion was needed before two adjacent CREATE projects could add additional trains to the lines at the Englewood Flyover location. The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, including CREATE projects EW2, P2, P3 and GS19, will divert Metra SouthWest Service trains to the Rock Island District south of Englewood. The Grand Crossing Project (CREATE Project P4) will divert 6 daily Amtrak trains to the NS Chicago Line east of Englewood. Without the Englewood Flyover in place first, implementation of these other projects would have greatly increased delays at the Englewood interlocking.


Project Benefits

The Englewood Flyover improves regional rail by enhancing safety, operational efficiency and future capacity of the system.

Chicago, IL Community Areas: Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing

Communities along the Mtera Rock Island Line 

Increased freight and passenger rail movement enables higher throughput of goods/commuters and associated economic activity. 

The project eliminated significant delays and reduced locomotive engine idling; as a result, emissions decreased and air quality was improved.

78 Metra trains and 14 Amtrak trains experience enhanced reliability due to these improvements.

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Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed

Project Status Definitions:
– Phase I: Environmental & Preliminary Engineering
– Phase II: Final Design (Plans, Specifications & Estimates)
– Phase III: Construction

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