Improvements to Chicago Union Station will impact many states across the country.

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Amtrak is seeking a federal grant to upgrade Chicago Union Station (CUS) and to create better routes into the station.  The Chicago DOT, Cook County, Illinois DOT, Michigan DOT and Metra are funding partners in the program.

This is huge news, with implications far beyond Chicago. As Amtrak notes in its application, Chicago is “the most important rail hub in the United States,” with “more trackage radiating in more directions than any other city in North America.”

The upgrades, if funded, would improve train travel not only in the city and region but across America.

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