Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.
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In addition to helping Metra and CP freight trains stay on schedule, this project will benefit the proposed Chicago-Rockford Amtrak service. In fact, the 2014 Amtrak proposal included funding for this bridge replacement project. However, a few months after the Amtrak project was put on hold in 2015, funding for the bridge replacement and Amtrak line were later lost during the budget impasse. When JB Pritzker became governor and subsequently signed the new capital bill, funding for the Amtrak line was restored, putting the project back on the table. However, due to this bridge project getting funding from other sources, the Amtrak proposal no longer involves replacing the bridge, making the Amtrak project look better financially and more likely to happen than in 2014.