CHICAGO, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Illinois a $10.4 million grant from the fourth round of the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) program.
The new grant will complete a $370 million funding package of 15 local projects in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program.
The projects include new track and signal systems that will ease freight, Amtrak, and Metra congestion, and support 3,300 jobs throughout the Chicagoland area.
"Our partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and rail companies allows us to strengthen Illinois' position as a national transportation leader," Quinn said. "These major multimodal investments will improve passenger and freight rail performance, increase safety and support thousands of jobs across our state."