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U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski and CREATE Program Partners Celebrate Argo Connections Groundbreaking

Parul Dubey on April 26, 2019 - in News, Projects, Transportation

U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (3rd District of Illinois) will join Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program partners, including Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads Ian Jefferies, CSX General Manager – Midwest William Blanchetti and others to break ground on the Argo Connections (B9) project this Friday. CREATE Program partners include the U.S. Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Chicago Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads.

The Argo Connections project was funded for construction through the federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. This project will increase freight speeds and improve fluidity on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB) and allow trains to clear Canal Interlocking more quickly, reducing the potential for freight conflict with Amtrak and Metra trains and improve travel time, speed and reliability.

 

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Yard
  6300 S. Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501
  Parking available on site. Street parking is also available on Archer Avenue and 63rd Street.

 

Information: Visuals will include railroad equipment and celebratory gravel turns.

 

Speakers

U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (3rd District of Illinois)

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Association of American Railroads President & CEO Ian Jefferies

CSX General Manager – Midwest William Blanchetti

 

Media Contact: Jennie Vana, Metro Strategies, 847-707-9210, 

jvana@metrostrategiesinc.com 

 

The CREATE Program is a first-of-its-kind private-public partnership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of freight, commuter and intercity rail, while improving the entire transportation network throughout the region. The $4.6 billion program comprises 70 rail and highway improvements, 30 which are complete. The Program partners include the U.S. Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Chicago Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads, as well as the six major North American freight railroads, two switching railroads and two passenger railroads. Visit createprogram.org to learn more

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