January 18, 2023

Metra shatters record for competitive federal grants

The Chicago area’s congressional delegation delivered for Metra in 2022, helping secure $204.1 million in competitive federal grants for Metra projects – the most by far in any year in Metra’s history. The amount includes the largest discretionary grant Metra has ever received – $117 million for the next phase of the UP North Line bridge replacement program.

“Metra had a phenomenal year when it came to winning competitive grants, and we credit our hard-working and supremely effective Illinois congressional delegation for that success,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “So, on behalf of Metra, its Board of Directors, and its riders, I would like to thank Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Representatives Robin Kelly, Jesus Garcia, Mike Quigley, Sean Casten, Danny Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky, Bradley Schneider, Bill Foster and Lauren Underwood, and former Representatives Bobby Rush and Marie Newman. We are fortunate to have such great representation.”