In a letter from TCU President Bob Scardelletti to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx supports the TIGER grant application requested by METRA.
“On behalf of the Transportation Communications Union/lAM (TCU), I write in support of Metra’s MD-W Fox River Bridge grant application through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER VII) discretionary grant program. The MD-W Fox River Bridge is an important component of Metra’s MD-W commuter rail line and the region’s freight rail network.”
“By replacing this bridge, speed restrictions will be eliminated, maintenance costs will be reduced, and over 36,000 passenger-hours will be eliminated from Metra riders’ travel times. Metra is a vital partner to rail labor, and this project will help to protect existing jobs and put more people to work in the region. If awarded, the MD-W Fox River Bridge Improvement Project will produce shorter, more reliable, and less expensive commutes; move freight more quickly and efficiently; benefit highway travel as more commuters and shippers use the more reliable trains; and provide job creation in the region.”
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