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CREATE partners modify program's final feasibility plan


The Federal Highway Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Association of American Railroads (AAR) have agreed to modify the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program's final feasilbility plan because of "constructability issues" associated with several projects.

The modifications include adding "Tower" rail projects to the list of component projects and 12 preliminary screening worksheets for the Tower projects in the preliminary screening section. CREATE partners are making the changes to retain the option to request federal participation in the projects.

In addition, the Blue Island junction connection project has been eliminated from the program and project limits have been revised for other planned work. Revisions to the CREATE Program are governed by U.S. Department of Transportation procedures.

In addition to the AAR, IDOT and CDOT, CREATE partners include Amtrak, the Belt Railway Co. of Chicago, BNSF Railway Co., CSX Transportation, CN, Canadian Pacific, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, Metra, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. The public/private partnership progam includes more than 46 rail and 25 grade separation projects that call for restructuring, modernizing and expandin Chicago's rail network.

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