How will CREATE projects benefit Chicago communities, the Midwest and all of the United States?
Chicago is the primary freight rail hub of North America, but its aging infrastructure has led to capacity constraints and delays. When products can’t get to businesses or consumers on time, costs go up for everyone and we lose economic competitiveness. The 70 projects in the CREATE Program are designed to increase capacity, improve efficiency, and sustain economic growth while improving the quality of life for people living in the neighborhoods through which the trains pass.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) estimates that traffic delays at the Chicago area railway crossings cost our region $58 million in wasted productivity in 2017 alone. CREATE Program improvements will lessen delays so Chicagoans can more easily get to work, school and other destinations.
Slow and idling trains and vehicles waste fuel and add to air pollution. CREATE improvements mean fewer traffic delays and reduced fuel consumption, emissions and congestion for everyone traveling in the Chicago region.