The Chicago Hub Improvement Program is an opportunity for new federal infrastructure funding to catalyze the rail system the Midwest deserves. Securing federal dollars to advance CHIP would help enable Brain Train, a visionary high-capacity travel network poised to revolutionize local travel and spur unprecedented collaboration throughout the Midwest. By strategically connecting the city with the suburbs, as well as extending its reach to other key metropolises, innovation hubs and academic institutions, the Brain Train will serve as a conduit for unlocking new talent pools and fostering high-pay, high-growth job opportunities in traditionally underinvested communities.
The Chicago Hub Improvement Program aims to secure a $872.8 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Federal/State Partnership Program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The funding will advance a multitude of regional improvements, resulting in better performance for travelers in the Midwest and across the country. As Amtrak’s top national priority, the projects will expand capacity, eliminate bottlenecks, and improve air quality, accessibility, reliability, and customer experience for more than 30 million passengers annually.