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Pols Seek Federal Funding for Chicago Union Station Rehab 

City and state officials, federal lawmakers and regional transportation leaders joined together at Chicago Union Station to urge federal funding for the Chicago Union Station Access Project, intended to transform passenger rail in the region. The $418-million project is a joint effort by Amtrak, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Chicago, Metra, Cook County and Michigan’s Department of Transportation. 

“We’re talking about working Illinoisans saving time getting from Chicago to Champaign and Southern Illinois, having better access to Metra, a better Union Station and improved rail to O’Hare—on top of the good-paying, local jobs this project will create,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth. “That’s why we’re urging the federal government to fund it.” 

Along with increasing access and capacity, the proposed project seeks to modernize the station’s concourses and platforms and allow for future direct rail service between O’Hare and McCormick Place via Union Station.

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