Cuts Would Eliminate Railroad Flyover Project

CHICAGO (CBS) — A proposed project to ease rail congestion is now in jeopardy.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) will hold a news conference Thursday to highlight the cuts in the Republican budget proposal. Among the projects that would be affected by the cuts is the Englewood Flyover construction project.

The project calls for the construction of a rail flyover that would carry the north-south Metra Rock Island Line over the east-west Norfolk Southern Amtrak Line. Its purpose is to ease congestion between Amtrak, Metra and freight traffic.

The flyover would be a triple-tracked bridge, including a possible fifth track for a potential high-speed intercity train, according to published reports.

The project would have created 1,400 jobs. It received $133 million in stimulus funds last year, but the GOP cuts would eliminate the funding for the project altogether.

  • southside

    That crossover has been there for years. I think mankind will survive without this wasteful project. If it was causing either Metra or the railroads so much grief, let them pay for it. Perhaps Metra riders should vote on whether or not they want to pay higher ticket prices for a flyover. Answer: No.

    Durbin doesn’t get it. Stop the spending.

  • Non-paritsan

    This project is far from wasteful. Completion of this project would help to reduce transit times for freight trains through Chicago; which in-turn helps businesses shipping via railroads to more quickly move their products to market. Perhaps Republicans could take a more long-term view of some of these projects and see that they actually do help the Republican agenda by actually promioting so-called “Republican ideals” of helping business to advance.

  • Just the Average Joe

    The project may or may not be wasteful, but we certainly can’t afford it right now. This can be put off for a few more years while we get our budgets in order and our economy in better shape. The long term view must be that we can not continue to borrow money for projects that we can not afford.

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