FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2000
"The rail transit system in the Chicago region is heavily used and much of it dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century, requiring ongoing repairs and modernization. The funding provided by Illinois FIRST is critical to keeping the system going," Ryan said.
The $7.6 million will leverage $30.4 million in federal funds for a total investment of $38 million in the following projects:
Both the state and federal funds for the transfer tunnels come from programs specifically targeted to projects that reduce highway congestion and improve air quality (Operation GreenLight for the state dollars and Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality for the federal funds).