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Record #: O2011-767   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 2/9/2011 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 3/9/2011
Title: Authorization to negotiate agreement with Metra and UP to allow encroachments upon City rights-of-way
Sponsors: Schulter, Eugene
Attachments: 1. O2011-767.pdf
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit of government by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970 and, as such, may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority ("Metra") plans a project of nearly $200 million to replace 22 bridges on its Union Pacific North Line ("Line") which are more than a century old, along with reconstruction of the track bed to accommodate increased commuter rail service and a rebuilding of a state-of-the-art Ravenswood commuter rail station immediately south of Lawrence Avenue (the "Project"); and
WHEREAS, the City is supportive of this Project as it will provide increased and improved public transit service for residents of the north side neighborhoods while reducing vehicular congestion; and
WHEREAS, the Project is funded in sizeable part by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known informally as the federal stimulus bill, in which project dollars must be spent in a timely manner or grant dollars may expire and no longer remain for the Project; and
WHEREAS, the City has taken previous legislative actions in support of the Project on (among other occasions) May 12, 2010, June 30, 2010 and September 8, 2010; and
WHEREAS, the upcoming work on the Project will encompass the portion of the Line extending along North Ravenswood Avenue from approximately Grace Street on the south to Balmoral Avenue on the north (the "Area"); and
WHEREAS, Metra possesses the right, pursuant to an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad ("UP"), to develop commuter rail transportation facilities, including the Project, on the Line, which is owned by UP; and
WHEREAS, certain aspects of the Project - including, specifically, improvements to the reconstructed Ravenswood Station and landscaping enhancements along the Line (to be called collectively, the "Encroa...

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