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Lightfoot Spearheads Support for $850M Chicago Rail Improvement Plan

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spearheaded a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Federal Railroad Administration administrator Amit Bose to support Amtrak’s proposed $850-million Chicago Hub Improvement Program (CHIP). The letter garnered the support of 56 mayors. If successful, Amtrak would use funds from a federal Mega Grant to improve Chicago Union Station, create more routes into the city and open a variety of new service options.   

“This investment in improved train services will give Chicago residents and visitors convenient, safe, and modernized travel options while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Lightfoot. 

CHIP would create a new way for passenger trains to access Union Station from the south. Benefits include improving on-time performance for both Amtrak and Metra trains and providing capacity for new routes and increased frequencies. It would also provide faster connections between the region’s largest job hubs and modernize Union Station. 

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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