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Quigley’s “Mike on the Move” Tour Highlights Rail Congestion

Jan 16, 2015
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) took his “Mike on the Move” transportation initiative back to Chicago’s rails, highlighting a tangled web of tracks at the 75th Street Corridor that causes congestion and delays for Amtrak, Metra and freight alike. Riding the Amtrak, Rep. Quigley traveled from Union Station to New Buffalo, Michigan. He was accompanied by Ray Lang of Amtrak.

“Mike on the Move” emphasizes how the federal government can support Chicago transportation and infrastructure investments.

“Chicago is the nation’s rail hub, serving as the backbone of our city and region’s economic success. But, crumbling infrastructure is slowing our economic growth. Passenger and freight trains share railroads in a heavily trafficked area, slowing commerce and passengers from getting where they need to be,” said Rep Quigley. “Investing in infrastructure isn’t just an investment in our economy, but our environment. Mass transit provides an environmentally friendly, affordable alternative to driving. But, the mass transit option has to be reasonable. On the trip, I experienced the same frustrating issues that face commuters and would-be commuters. We’ve identified a problem. Now, we must work on a solution. I will continue working with stakeholders on the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project to address the congestion that hurts our region’s flow of commerce and commuters.”

Rep. Quigley visits 75th Street Corridor with Amtrak representative Ray Lang to discuss needed improvements to untangle the web of railroad tracks through the area.

Rep. Quigley visits 75th Street Corridor with Amtrak representative Ray Lang to discuss needed improvements to untangle the web of railroad tracks through the area. 

Six major railroads—two passenger and four freight—pass through this corridor. The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP), the largest component of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program, has set forth a plan as to reduce congestion so that trains, vehicles and pedestrians move more easily through this area. 

“The next big steps to improve the reliability of passenger and freight trains service are the on 75th Street corridor in Chicago and in the tangle of tracks over the border near Hammond, Ind.,” said Ray Lang, Amtrak Senior Director and President, Chicago Union Station Co. “We appreciate Rep. Quigley’s direct interest and the chance to show him first-hand the problems and the potential solutions that could be realized across entire the rail network.”

As Illinois’ only member on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley has pushed for a long-term surface transportation bill and prioritized Chicago-area infrastructure investments as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). He has helped secure $35 million in Core Capacity grants to benefit CTA and $61 million for projects to ease flooding in Cook County. Most recently he fought for increased funding for the TIGER grant program to benefit both highways and pedestrian projects. 

Previous “Mike on the Move” events highlighted the 606 bike and pedestrian trail, improvement projects to some of Chicago’s busiest streets and highways, Chicago’s Metra system’s century-old switching tower and Amerail passenger car rehabilitation project, new pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects, and visits to CTA Red and Purple line modernization sites.