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O'Hare to Get $800M New Transportation Hub

Project to be completed by 2016 at a cost of $800 million

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    O'Hare International Airport is getting a major facelift featuring a new parking and transportation hub, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Friday.

    The new facility would house all the Chicago airport's rental car lots as well as a Metra station, some public parking and the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line train to and from the airport.

    "This will allow people who either rent a car, park or public transportation get to and from the airport so they can get to and from their destination with a level of convenience," said Emanuel. "It will allow O'Hare and, most importantly, the City of Chicago to continue to lead as being the transportation hub of the United States."

    The new building will cost $800 million and is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs. Emanuel's office said the funding is officially in place for the project to begin.

    The project aims to improve passenger experience "for decades" to come. It should be completed by 2016.

    A new rental car center that puts eight companies in the same spot opened in April at Midway International Airport on the city's south side.