A strong and growing federal rail program can make CrossRail Chicago a reality—but only if we stop a proposal to slash the Federal Railroad Administration’s funding.
Please ask your representative and senators to fully fund the Federal Railroad Administration so that critical rail projects, like CrossRail Chicago, can be built.
Congress is working out funding levels right now. The House Appropriations Committee voted to budget just $1.4 billion in FY2024, which would mean slashing service across the country. A Senate committee has proposed $3.3 billion, allowing recent progress to continue.
Fast, frequent, and affordable trains will give us better access to opportunities and lead to more prosperous regions. Americans will have more freedom to travel, and the efficiency of trains will slash air, noise, and water pollution in the process.
CrossRail Chicago is a practical and affordable way to build the essential core of the railroad network for most of the country. It will upgrade and connect several existing rail corridors to create electrified, high-capacity routes into and through Chicago. It will also expand Chicago Union Station as the hub of the nation’s passenger rail network. CrossRail can expand service to hundreds of cities and towns across the country.
Like many other rail projects, CrossRail benefits many states and requires a strong federal program to achieve success.
It is urgent that you contact your representatives in Washington, DC now, to make it possible to build projects like CrossRail Chicago.