The Program | The Projects | Union Station | 16th Street Connector | O'Hare Airport | Costs | The Structure

The City of Chicago, several suburbs, and several state departments of transportation have high-priority transportation needs within the Chicago Metro area. Today, those needs are being looked at separately, resulting in several multi-billion dollar projects that overlap and sometimes compete.

CrossRail combines these markets into a series of coordinated projects. As a result, the overall cost is lower and the combined impact is greater. More riders will use the system and political support for funding is easier to achieve.