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Goods in Motion
In the top 10 highway bottlenecks in the country (three of which are in Chicago), congestion has caused more than 18 million hours of truck delay every year. However, trucks deliver the goods we need to fill our stores, generate revenue for local communities, and create jobs. Finding a…
FREIGHT Act a good start toward unlocking freight gridlock
In case you missed it, last week’s Talking Transit e-newsletter focused on the FREIGHT Act – which, true to its name, is all about Focusing Resources, Economic Investment and Guidance to Help [Freight] Transportation (FREIGHT – get it?) Here in metropolitan Chicago and northwest…
Shared Track
With ridership averaging 320,000 trips on weekdays, Metra is North America’s second-largest commuter railroad. Metra operates throughout the six-county region, providing rail transit service to more than 100 communities. Not only do nine of 11 Metra lines operate on tracks owned or controlled…
The multiple benefits of high-speed rail in the crossroads of America
As part of Illinois’ $1.23 billion high speed rail grant, $133 million has been allocated to build the Englewood Flyover, at 63rd and State streets on the South Side of Chicago. More than 10 years ago, MPC highlighted this location as one of dozens of road and rail chokepoints across…
High-speed rail: On track to revitalize communities?
The Metropolitan Planning Council has been an advocate for increased investments in the Chicago region to improve the passenger and freight rail system we have—and ensure we remain competitive for the future with a 21st century transportation network. More than that, we understand how fixed…
Sharing the Track: Freight and Passenger Rail

As many as 1300 freight and passenger trains pass over Chicagoland rails every day.

Pay the Freight: Rail Infrastructure Investments in Canada and U.S.
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  • Aug 11, 2009
At this event, U.S. Rep Tom Petri (R-Wis.), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy for Transport Canada, Ms. Kristine Burr, discussed Canada’s $2 billion investment in freight rail infrastructure using public-private partnerships…
Illinois transportation advocates: Rep. Oberstar's bill a good start toward federal transportation investment reform; more work needed
  • Jun 25, 2009
This is a joint release from the Metropolitan Planning Council, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Illinois PIRG, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Transportation for America Core News Facts U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and…
Illinois, national transportation experts to host media telebriefing on Rep. Oberstar's bill to reform federal transportation investment
  • Jun 23, 2009
(Chicago) … U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced a bill on Monday that would reauthorize federal surface transportation funding to the tune of $450 billion and reform how the federal government invests in…
What's Wrong with America's Trains
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  • Apr 22, 2009
While America is a producer of cutting-edge software, has some of the best universities in the world, and boasts world-class hospitals, some of its technology for moving goods from one place to another is stuck in the 19th century. In this report, which aired on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on…

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