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Englewood Flyover Relieves Rail Bottlenecks in Chicago

The recent opening of the Englewood Flyover, a new major railroad bridge on the south side of Chicago, is expected to ease delays affecting Metra commuter rail, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern freight rail. The $142 million bridge replaces a crossing between the Metra Rock Island tracks and a set of Norfolk Southern tracks.

The completion of this project means that 78 weekday Rock Island Line trains now travel over the busy freight tracks used by approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains, eliminating conflicts between trains that result in service delays.

“Metra could not be any happier to have this bridge completed,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “This project … is a prime example of the progress we can make in the region when we all come together.”

The flyover was completed through the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program, a partnership among DOT, the state of Illinois, Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation’s freight railroads to eliminate railroad bottlenecks in the Chicago area. Funding for the project included $126 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act High-Speed Rail funds, $4.9 million in other federal money, $8.2 million from the state, and $3 million from the railroad industry.
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