Rock Island Connection (75th Street Corridor Improvement Project)
|Dan Ryan Expressway I-90/94
|Central Park Ave.
90 freight trains (CSX, NS, UP, BRC, CN, CP)
30 Metra trains (SouthWest Service)
2 Amtrak trains (Cardinal Service)
The Rock Island Connection (P2) will construct a second main track for Metra’s SouthWest Service operations from near Wrightwood Station to east of Halsted Street, connecting with Metra’s Rock Island District. P2 will also build a flyover structure to connect the Metra SouthWest Service to the Rock Island Line in the vicinity of 74th and Normal and 75th and Parnell.
This project will allow Metra SouthWest Service trains to access LaSalle Street Station instead of Union Station, which will increase capacity for the Metra SouthWest Service. This will also free capacity at Union Station for future increased Amtrak service.
Scope of Work
Alternatives are being developed to address conflicts between CSX, BRC, UP, NS and Metra. The approach will consider reconfiguring the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) main tracks between the Dan Ryan Expressway and Belt Junction, where four freight railroads conflict with each other and Metra’s SouthWest Service operations (EW2). The project will consider constructing a second main track for Metra’s SouthWest Service operations from near Wrightwood Station to Western Avenue (P2). The project will consider reconfiguring and building a third BRC main track, and constructing a flyover to connect the Metra SouthWest Service to the Rock Island Line in the vicinity of 74th and Normal and 75th and Parnell (EW2 and P2). This project will consider constructing a bridge that significantly reduces conflicts between CSX and BRC, Metra and NS (P3). The project will also consider constructing a road-rail grade separation of 71st St. and the CSX freight line (GS19). Associated signals, tracks, crossovers, and bridge work are included in the project. See the project website for more information at: https://www.75thcip.org/