Good news for commuters, visitors and Chicago residents – Chicago Union Station is implementing certain initiatives to allow it to move forward with its master redevelopment plan! Opened in 1925, Chicago Union Station is one of the busiest rail terminals in the United States – servicing nearly 120,000 arriving and departing passengers on greater than 300 trains each weekday. To put that in perspective, that would equate to a level of passenger service that would rank it among the ten busiest airports in the U.S.
As a further step toward realizing its redevelopment plan objectives, Amtrak recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for design services necessary to address certain capacity, service, safety, accessibility and mobility issues including 13 separate improvements. More information regarding the RFP can be found on Amtrak’s website at procurement.Amtrak.com.
In addition to the RFP, a Request for Information (RFI) is also posted on Amtrak.com, seeking parties interested in implementing Chicago Union Station’s master plan solutions. As reported in a recent article by Railway, Track and Structures, “Amtrak said the RFI includes the opportunity to redevelop the Amtrak-owned station and surrounding land parcels, as well as improvements to both passenger and employee facilities – all integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods. The RFI represents the first step in the evaluation of interested parties capable of all aspects of project delivery including an implementable Master Development Plan, design, construction, financing the potential operation and maintenance of non-rail assets, as well as identification of expansion opportunities and commercial development in surrounding areas in the West Loop.”
For more information about the RFP and RFI, please see the Railway, Track and Structures article here.
If interested in responding to the RFP or RFI, do not delay, as deadlines are fast approaching!