This marks a milestone for the CREATE rail modernization program, as well as for Midwest high-speed rail. A CREATE linchpin that must be completed before other major projects can move forward, the Englewood Flyover will slash Metra delays, create an estimated 1,450 jobs and give the local economy a much-needed boost by increasing transportation efficiency. The only Chicago-area member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Lipinski is the leading advocate for CREATE, which is designed to untangle the Chicago region's rail and transportation system.
The Englewood Flyover will make high-speed rail possible by building a bridge to carry the Metra Rock Island District line over the Norfolk Southern/Amtrak tracks at 63rd Street in Chicago. It will eliminate 7,500 annual passenger hours of delay for riders on Metra's Rock Island District line, facilitate Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail and reduce freight delays. In addition, it is the critical first step toward eliminating 32,000 annual passenger hours of delay for riders on Metra's Southwest Service line.