Why your Chicago commute could get faster: Metra looks to buy new locomotives, rail cars with state capital money

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; October 8, 2019

Metra expects to spend close to $2.6 billion in the next five years on locomotives, rail cars, bridges, stations and other improvements that could potentially speed the daily commutes of Chicago-area residents.

More than half of the funding for the planned purchases will come from the capital program passed by the state legislature earlier this year. Almost $1.2 billion, will go toward new and rehabbed locomotives and rail cars, while $409 million will be spent on bridges, tracks and structures and $365 million on stations, according to a capital program overview that will be discussed at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.

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