Quinn Breaks Ground on Englewood Rail Flyover

$133 million project is expected to create 1,500 jobs and significantly reduce Metra delays

By Michael Kaplan
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:42 AM CDT
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The $133 million project is expected to reduce commuter delays and create nearly 1,500 jobs.

The $133 million project is expected to reduce commuter delays and create nearly 1,500 jobs.

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One of the region's worst rail bottlenecks is getting a makeover.

Gov. Pat Quinn broke ground Monday on the Englewood Flyover, a $133 million project that is expected to reduce commuter delays and create nearly 1,500 jobs.

The flyover will create tracks for the 78 daily Metra Rock Island District commuter trains and more than a dozen Amtrak trains, separating them from the numerous freight trains that pass slowly through the pinch point every day.

Metra says the current conflict creates 7,500 hours of delay for Metra passengers every year.

Quinn was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to break ground at the project made possible by the governor's Illinois Jobs Now! program and the federal recovery act.
 

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