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Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:58 am

Even if a glacier can outrun progress on the CREATE project aimed to relieve both freight and passenger train congestion in and around Chicago, the Wall Street Journal has printed an article (First Section Page 3) regarding the project. There is other related discussion to the project, but it appears under topics such as NS-CP Merger proposals and various passenger train related. Since NS-CP is "off the table', there appeared to be no other topic at which to place this material:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/traffic-ja ... 1493126761

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CHICAGO—This city’s most famous poet, Carl Sandburg, called Chicago the “nation’s freight handler.” That title stands true today.

Every day, some 300,000 commuters on two dozen passenger train lines converge in Chicago, where they share limited real estate with six major railroad lines and 30,000 to 50,000 freight cars, or roughly 25% of the country’s freight rail traffic.

Chicago is the country’s No. 1 hub for freight traffic and No. 2 for commuter train lines—and its problems can bog down the whole system. Over the years, the city’s densely populated neighborhoods, grinding local politics and a host of infrastructure issues have kept trains from running on time. Road traffic and shared rail lines between commuter and freight systems have created the worst rail backlogs in the country. In 2003, it could take trains as long as 43 hours to crawl through Chicago, in some cases at five miles an hour.

That same year, city and state officials and railroad industry representatives undertook a $4.4 billion program called Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (or Create) to tackle rail congestion, point by point. Backers of the project estimate it will yield some $31.5 billion in economic benefits over the life of the project.

The program has grown to include 70 projects, 28 of them completed, including overpasses where passenger train and car traffic overlap, track upgrades and better coordination of shared tracks.

Here is an overview of the project, lest anyone, such as this author, needs to "get up to speed":

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