CrossRail in GOTO2040

June 17, 2014

It’s not everyday you are asked to weigh in on one of the most important planning processes in the entire region. 

This summer you have the chance to tell the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), you want to see the first step towards a Midwestern high-speed rail network: CrossRail Chicago, a proposal for a dedicated passenger rail line through Chicago. CMAP’s plan determines which projects will receive investment – and we don’t want high-speed rail to miss out!

It will take you less than 2 minutes to tell CMAP you want more passenger rail infrastructure.

CMAP is encouraging people to submit their comments online. We have prepared a statement you can send to project officials. We encourage you to modify it based on your own experiences.You can also make your voice heard in person. Between June 17th and July 31st, there will be meetings held across the Chicagoland area, and we expect a strong turnout from high-speed rail supporters.

Click here to find a meeting near you.

Our CrossRail Chicago proposal for a dedicated passenger line through Chicago is gaining serious momentum. With a growing number of endorsements, including one from the Illinois General Assembly, stakeholders are beginning to take our visions seriously. Today, with your help we have the chance to see CrossRail Chicago included in the official plan. 

CrossRail Chicago is a huge opportunity to advance high-speed rail. It will affect nearly every passenger rail service in the Midwest. With huge benefits for the Chicago-area, it can also attract investment. CrossRail Chicago will give Metra and Amtrak trains direct access to O’Hare Airport. It will also connect isolated areas like McCormick Place, the South Side and the job-rich Northwest Suburbs to each other, the Loop and the rest of the city’s transportation network. Most importantly, CrossRail Chicago is a tool for connecting dispersed transit advocates and elected officials into a formidable coalition capable of winning funding for passenger trains.

CrossRail Chicago is a difference maker, and we want you to play a part in bringing better transit, better Amtrak and new high-speed rail to the Midwest.

Can you give two minutes of your day to tell CMAP you want CrossRail Chicago?