Chicago Union Station Redevelopment Plan

January 13, 2017
Dylan Hayward

The Chicago Union Station (CUS) Redevelopment Plan took an important step forward yesterday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and officials from Amtrak, Metra, and the RTA were on hand to announce that the USDOT Build America Bureau and the City of Chicago are entering into an Emerging Projects Agreement (EMPA).

The EMPA will allow the USDOT to offer technical assistance as the city seeks federal grants for redeveloping CUS. They will work together with the ultimate goal of securing $1 Billion in federal funding. The funding would go towards improving station capacity, accessibility, safety and transit oriented development.

Work is currently underway on the design for near term improvements that would increase passenger capacity. This includes an expansion of the concourse, widening platforms and renovation of the Canal street lobby. Amtrak is also evaluating proposals for a master developer of CUS. The developer would lead the larger scale redevelopment of Union Station and surrounding Amtrak property and air rights.

It is exciting to see elected officials in Illinois lead the effort to improve a key transportation hub. Chicago Union Station is near capacity at peak travel times. With growing demand for passenger rail it is critical that we increase capacity to enhance travel throughout the region.

Modernizing our passenger rail stations is a key component to achieving fast, frequent and dependable rail service throughout the Midwest. Stations serve as nodes in the network with passengers connecting between trains, long distance buses and local transit. They need to be built with future growth and changing travel preferences in mind.

We are very glad to see important improvements that MHSRA members have advocated for being implemented at Chicago Union Station.

Best,

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

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Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
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