Quigley Praises Opening of New Ground Transportation Center at O’Hare International Airport
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Founding Member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, applauded the opening of a new, state-of-the-art Multi Modal Facility (MMF) at O’Hare International Airport, which will direct rental car operations, public parking and other modes of ground transit into one centralized location to improve connectivity for travelers at O’Hare.
“I applaud the development of O’Hare’s new Multi Modal Facility and look forward to the success it will bring in our shared efforts to foster infrastructure innovation, create good-paying jobs, and increase consistency and convenience for commuters,” said Rep. Mike Quigley. “Faster, easier, and more efficient transportation will encourage ride sharing, cut down on congestion, and allow O’Hare to expand its role as a key driver of our local and regional economies.”
This project created 3,000 construction jobs, representing a diverse workforce from the city and region. Now open, the Multi Modal supports 950 permanent jobs, including 150 newly hired rental car employees at the airport. The new 2.5 million square-foot facility provides a central access point for all rental cars, public parking, busing, Metra, and other regional transit serving O’Hare. It significantly enhances passengers’ accessibility while reducing traffic in and around the terminals, making O’Hare a more convenient destination for travel.
Over the nearly three years of construction, the CDA exceeded its DBE goal for this project by working with 93 minority-owned companies, and achieving a 28 percent participation rate.
“Chicago isn’t wasting any time in preparing O’Hare for the future. By building modern new infrastructure to better serve passengers—we are keeping O’Hare competitive in the 21st century while creating jobs for our community,” said Mayor Emanuel, who opened the new MMF with a ribbon cutting ceremony. “As O'Hare expands over the next decade, we’ll continue to grow opportunities for the community as we make sure the airport is positioned for future economic growth and success.”
The completed Multi Modal Facility, coupled with the extension and modernization of the train, is valued at $841 million. This project was partially financed with a $272 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan secured by Mayor Emanuel and Illinois leaders in 2013. As with all airport capital projects, no local tax dollars were utilized for this project.
“We are proud to bring O’Hare travelers this new centralized facility to make their experience arriving and departing more convenient and more efficient,” said Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. “As we look ahead to O’Hare’s future, our capital projects will further elevate the passenger experience, while continuing to spur jobs and economic growth for our residents right here at home.”
For a full list of services offered by the MMF, or to reserve a parking space at O’Hare, visit www.flychicago.com.