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McCook Connection

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North Limit W. 55th St.
South Limit 67th St.
East Limit Des Plaines River
West Limit Kane Ave.
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Daily Trains Affected

76 Freight Trains (CSX/BNSF)

6 Metra trains (Heritage Corridor)

10 Amtrak trains (Lincoln and Texas Eagle Service)

Communities Benefited:

  • McCook


Improving the current connection has increased maximum speeds to 25 mph from 10 mph and increased capacity of this segment. Improved freight train movement has reduced conflict with passenger trains along the Heritage Corridor.

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Scope of Work

Constructed a second connecting track between BNSF and Indiana Harbor Belt/CSX and extended the existing connecting track an additional 7,000 feet. Added signalization to improve visibility.

Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed
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Project Location Map

Project outlines and locations shown above are approximations and do not necessarily represent final design and construction limits.