August 01, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin, Davis and Jackson Announce Funding to Help Strengthen and Improve Englewood’s Economy

New federal planning funds could also result in a fully-accessible, reopened Racine Green Line station


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and author of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL-07) and Jonathan L. Jackson (D-IL-01) today announced $778,500 in federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to develop a modern accessibility strategy in advance of a potential reopening of the Englewood Racine Green Line stop on Chicago’s south side. The Racine El station has been closed since 1996, leaving the surrounding community with fewer public transit options and reduced economic opportunity. This funding comes through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) and is a part of a federal effort to equitably build modern infrastructure, attract investment and create jobs in historically under-resourced communities.

“For far too long, working communities of color like Englewood have been systemically underserved,” said Duckworth. “Nearly three decades after its shuttering, I’m proud to announce this new funding which could result in not just the reopening of the Racine station, but also a reopened station that is fully-accessible so everyone, including those with disabilities, in Englewood can better access public transportation. With help from this funding, Englewood can continue move into a future that is equitable, accessible and prosperous for the families that live there.”

“Accessible public transportation is the cornerstone of equity, ensuring that every American can reach their potential without barriers,” said Durbin. “This fresh start for the Racine station will transform the community and create brighter opportunities for its residents.”

“Today, we stand united in our commitment to the people of Chicago's south side to announce a momentous step towards progress and inclusivity. The $778,500 federal funding for the Chicago Transit Authority's modern accessibility strategy is not just about reopening the Englewood Racine Green Line stop; it symbolizes our determination to restore hope and opportunity to a community that has faced transportation hardships for far too long. By equitably building modern infrastructure, we open doors to economic growth and foster a future where every voice can be heard. Let us harness this moment to attract investment, create jobs, and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for all. Together, we can build a stronger, more connected, and inclusive Chicago,” said Congressman Danny K. Davis.

“For decades, the Englewood community has exemplified resilience and unity. With this federal funding, we are not only paving the way for modern transportation but also reaffirming our commitment to inclusivity and revitalization. The Racine station isn't just a transit point; it's a beacon of hope and progress for Chicago's south side. Together, we're ensuring that every Chicagoan, regardless of their ability status, can participate fully in our city's vibrant future,” said Congressman Jonathan L. Jackson (D-IL-01).

“This federal funding allows us to properly study reopening the historic Racine station with modern accessibility standards,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr.  “Transit projects such as this will continue CTA’s focus on investments that promote equity and inclusion. As part of the planning process, CTA will engage with riders and community leaders about a shared vision for a station that will boost transit access while serving as a vital component of Englewood’s revitalization.” 

As community members and government officials work to determine the feasibility of reopening and restoring the Racine station, this federal funding will support those efforts by helping ensure accessibility is a focal point in planning. The station closed in 1996 and its potential reopening is often considered an important move in bringing jobs and modern infrastructure to the Englewood neighborhood.

Thanks to provisions based off of Duckworth’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Actthe Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help ensure Americans with disabilities can access rail transit, giving them more independence and access to employment by establishing a discretionary grant program for legacy rail fixed guideway public transportation systems.