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Priority Projects

Priority Capital Projects

To meet federal requirements intended to ensure "fiscal constraint," the GO TO 2040 update includes a transportation financial plan that details how much funding is reasonably expected for all transportation investments between now and 2040. Major capital projects that have been evaluated to meet significant regional needs — and for which sufficient funds are anticipated to be available — are included in the list of "Fiscally Constrained Projects." While their costs are substantial, they represent less than three percent of the region's projected $371 billion available for transportation through 2040, with 97 percent going to maintenance and modernization.

While fiscally constrained projects are the highest priority, projects on the unconstrained list also have important benefits. Some of these are not far enough along to have firm cost estimates or clear alignment with regional priorities Others on the unconstrained list might benefit from innovative financing arrangements, which could reduce public costs and speed up implementation. In either case, a project may be reconsidered for inclusion on the fiscally constrained list upon availability of new details or changes in financing status.

Fiscally Constrained Projects

Expressway Additions: Express Toll Lanes 
I-55 Stevenson Express Toll Lanes 
I-290 Eisenhower Express Toll Lane
 
Expressway Additions: Interchanges and Improvements 
Circle Interchange
I-294/I-57 Interchange
I-190 Access and Capacity Improvements 
Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) 
 
Transit Improvements 
CTA North Red/Purple Line Modernization 
West Loop Transportation Center Phase I Improvements 
Metra Rock Island Improvements 
Metra SouthWest Service Improvements 
Metra UP North Improvements 
Metra UP West Improvements 
 
New Projects and Extensions 
CTA Red Line South Extension 
Elgin O'Hare Western Access 
IL 53/120 Tollway  
Illiana Expressway 
Metra UP Northwest Improvements and Extension
 

Fiscally Unconstrained Projects

Blue Line West Extension
BNSF Extension
BNSF Improvements
Brown Line Extension
Central Area Transitway
Circle Line (Phase II, South) 
Circle Line (Phase III, North) 
Elgin-O'Hare Far West Extension
Elgin O'Hare West Extension
Express Airport Train Service
Heritage Corridor
I-294 Central Tri-State Mobility Improvements
I-55 Add Lanes and Reconstruction I-80 to Coal City Road
I-57 Add Lanes
I-80 Add / Managed Lanes - Ridge Road to US 30
I-80 Managed Lanes – US 30 to I-294
I-80 to I-55 Connector
IL 394
Metra Electric District (MED) Improvements
Metra Electric Extension
Mid-City Transitway
Milwaukee District North Extension
Milwaukee District West Extension
Milwaukee District West Improvements
North Central Service Improvements
Orange Line Extension
Rock Island District Extension
SouthEast Service
SouthWest Service Extension
STAR Line Corridor
West Loop Transportation Center: Phase 2, West Loop Subway Component
Yellow Line Enhancements and Extension
 
Projects Reclassified or Not Evaluated
DuPage "J" Line
Prairie Parkway
McHenry-Lake Corridor
Inner Circumferential Rail Service
O'Hare to Schaumburg Transit Service
Milwaukee District North Improvement
South Lakefront Corridor
 
Projects Not Included in Universe
CrossRail Chicago
South Suburban Airport Access
West Lake Corridor

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