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Study Description

Three studies were conducted to study the feasibility, land use, and financing aspects of a new, high-quality and high-capacity transit service in southeast Cook County to provide access to downtown Chicago job opportunities and to complement local economic development efforts.

In 2000 Metra completed the South Suburban Commuter Rail Feasibility Study which examines the potential for implementing Metra commuter rail service on a new radial line to serve suburbs in southeastern Cook and northeastern Will Counties. The proposed route focuses on utilizing the jointly owned tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and CSX Transportation (the railroad subsidiary of the multi-modal CSX Corporation) between Beecher and Dolton, with several options to connect with other lines to reach downtown Chicago. This Phase I Feasibility Study is the first step in a longer process to ascertain not only the potential demand for this proposed new service, but also how it might reach eventual implementation. The Study was a collaborative effort, sponsored by the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), who provided the necessary funding. The Study is organized into four major tasks or milestones, all aimed at providing a methodological and objective means of formulating Study recommendations. The four major sections are: Existing Conditions, Potential Operations, Future Plans, and Capital Improvements.

Phase I - Land Use and Local Financing Study Study completed in 2005 with sponsorship by Village of South Holland and South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA)

The Phase I Study was conducted to explore key land use and financial planning considerations related to a potential commuter rail connection between Chicago's downtown Loop district and various communities southeast of the City. A primary goal of the study was to ensure that residents, businesses and organizations would have a say in how communities could support and plan for commuter rail. This included discussion about station locations, development potential in the area around stations, generation of required local matching funds for station design and construction.

Phase II - Land Use and Local Financing Study Study completed in 2007 with sponsorship by South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA)

The Phase II Study, examines in more detail several recommendations in the Local Finance chapter of the Phase I report. It also presents information on how the communities can begin to initiate formal intergovernmental agreements to govern creation, management and oversight of a joint funding pool to help pay for the land acquisition and construction of stations and parking facilities along Metra's proposed SouthEast Service commuter rail line.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2006
Project Type(s):Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
Current Activities:This entry is a compilation of three separate studies. All projects are completed.
Information Updated:June 2017
Study Documents
Feasibility Study
Phase I - Land Use and Local Financing Study
Phase II - Land Use and Local Financing Study
Southeast Rail Corridor Maps
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Related Jurisdictions
Counties:Cook, Will
Municipalities:Chicago, Chicago Heights, Crete, Dolton, Glenwood, Harvey, Riverdale, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Thornton
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush, 2 Robin Kelly
Illinois Senate Districts:14 Emil Jones, III, 15 Napoleon Harris, III, 16 Jacqueline Y. Collins, 17 Elgie R. Sims, Jr., 40 Patrick J. Joyce
Illinois House Districts:27 Justin Slaughter, 28 Robert Rita, 29 Thaddeus Jones, 30 William Davis, 31 Mary E. Flowers, 34 Nicholas K Smith, 80 Anthony DeLuca
County Board Districts:Cook 3, Cook 4, Cook 5, Cook 6, Will 1
Chicago Wards:17 David Moore, 21 Howard Brookins, Jr., 34 Carrie M. Austin, 6 Roderick Sawyer, 9 Anthony Beale
Councils of Mayors:Chicago, South
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