Project Description

75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

Illinois Department of Transportation

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (CHIN) leads public involvement initiatives for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th St. CIP): the largest project in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program. Located in the Chicago neighborhoods of Ashburn, Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and West Chatham, the corridor runs along with two passenger and four freight rail lines.

Increased Mobility

The purpose of the 75th St. CIP is to improve mobility for rail passengers, freight, and local traffic movement in the area. In addition to these transportation improvements, the 75th St. CIP will provide economic benefits by creating and promoting contracting opportunities for certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), implementing job training programs, and supporting education in community schools.

75th St. CIP Open House

Public involvement initiatives have included developing and organizing the first open house for the 75th St. CIP to distribute information to the public. The open house provided a presentation providing an overview of the project and exhibit boards on the overall CREATE program. The project team also prepared several handouts to provide additional information on the project, workforce development, small business opportunities, and community benefits.

Outreach Events

In addition to the in-person public meeting, the CHIN team has developed and managed a multi-day virtual business-to-business outreach event. This event was hosted to prepare for the anticipated CREATE project bids and provide information to stakeholders. CHIN developed all event communication materials, such as presentations, event invitations, speakers, and talking points.