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Metropolitan Chicago is a freight powerhouse

Six of the seven largest U.S. railroads operate in our region, managing 50 percent of all rail movement in the country. Unfortunately, our infrastructure struggles to accomodate so much traffic. It can take up to two days for a freight train to traverse Chicagoland.

MPC's recent roundtable proves that there’s more to do if Chicago is to maintain its position as the epicenter of the nation’s rail system and the 36,000 jobs created by that status. Chicago must continue to support the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), a partnership between federal, state and local governments, metropolitan transportation agencies, and the nation’s freight railroads. Explore our resources to learn more.

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