The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) creates a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in roads, bridges, and rail. Northeastern Illinois is using this moment to create a more resilient transportation network that serves everyone better.
To maximize the infrastructure law's opportunities, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) worked with partners and stakeholders to identify priority projects for the region and achieve consensus around sustainable solutions to our transportation challenges. The highest priority projects for the region are reflected in our IIJA booklet.
These projects align with the core principles that guide IIJA and our region — inclusive growth, resilience, and prioritized investment. Since IIJA became law, the region already has seen progress on its priority projects.
Regional partners, including Metra, successfully applied for Mega grant funding to enhance and rebuild Metra's Union Pacific North line, from Fullerton Avenue to Addison Street in Chicago.
The $117 million in Mega funding will help replace approximately 11 bridges, four miles of track structure, and nearly two miles of retaining walls along the line. Metra estimates that the project will make the line safer and more efficient, reducing passenger delay by 38 million hours over the next 30 years.
The infrastructure law's Mega grant program funds large and significant projects that can deliver the most benefits for a region. Partners throughout northeastern Illinois had also applied for Mega funding to modernize Union Station in Chicago and transform I-290 into a modern multimodal corridor.
A regional priority project to rehabilitate four bridges that cross over the Calumet River in Chicago also has received a $144 million grant funded through the infrastructure law's Bridge Investment Program. The project will create more reliable and safer connections for the many residents, vehicles, and ships that rely on the bridges each day.
With support from the infrastructure law, the region can continue to work together to rebuild and reimagine our infrastructure so that it is equitable, accessible, and safer for our nearly 8.6 million residents.
On this page, you can find the latest information and resources that can help our communities and partners better understand the financial opportunities of the infrastructure law and the many different projects it will generate.
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