Great Lakes Regional Transportation Operations Coalition

Passenger Rail on the Move in the Great Lakes Megaregion

Chicago and Toronto are in the top five largest metros in North America (behind only Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles), and they are both meeting new success with passenger rail options.


The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Metrolinx is expanding the Toronto Regional Express Rail (RER) network. Four new GO stations were recently announced as part of the plan that includes electrification, additional miles, and upgraded infrastructure.

The Illinois DOT gets a green light for the Chicago – Quad Cities (IL, IA) line. Despite current budget questions, the state hopes to move forward with the $177 million federal funding allotted to the project.