Federal funds to be used to decrease train delays in Chicago

June 6, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s South Side will see $132 million in federal funding to separate rail lines in an effort to alleviate train congestion in the area.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Tuesday the money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will improve safety and “bring hundreds of local jobs to the South Side of Chicago.” The funds will be used to separate freight and passenger rail lines in the area. The lines currently intersect and create significant delays, train idling and congestion.

The project is expected to save more than 18,000 hours of train delays each year. It will also increase capacity at Chicago’s Union Station and improve air quality in the surrounding neighborhoods.