Implementing the Chicago Union Station Master Plan
Amtrak, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) – known as the "Project Partners" - invite you to learn more about the transformative initiatives taking place at Chicago Union Station, which will help the historic Station evolve into a modern transit hub as well as a destination in its own right.
Since the release of the 2012 Master Plan, many exciting projects at the Station already have come to fruition, such as the recently completed Union Station Transit Center and the beautifully restored Burlington Room. And now the Project Partners have initiated the next step of the 2012 Master Plan, which includes planning, historic review and preliminary engineering for 13 other near-term improvements. These projects were originally outlined in the Master Plan and can be followed as works in progress under the Implementation tab in the Current Design Work section. In addition to these efforts, the search for a Master Developer for Union Station’s commercial elements is also nearing completion.
Mayor Emanuel, Amtrak and other Union Station Partners Announce Redevelopment Plan Designated as USDOT Emerging Project
CHICAGO – The City of Chicago’s ambitious plans to modernize and transform Chicago Union Station and the surrounding West Loop area received a major boost today with the announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Amtrak, Metra and the RTA that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Build America Bureau and the City of Chicago are entering into an Emerging Projects Agreement (EmPA), under which Chicago can work closely with USDOT with the ultimate goal of seeking up to $1 billion in federal funding for the project.
“Today marks a major step forward both in the future of Union Station, and in the economic life of our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “This modernization effort will improve the experience for everyone who travels through Union Station and tap the potential that the station has to serve as an anchor for further economic development of the West Loop and surrounding neighborhoods. I want to thank Secretary Foxx and the Build America Bureau for acknowledging the significance of this project and for all of our partners who have been working for the past several years to help get us to this point today.”
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