Request for Qualifications issued for O'Hare Express rail link project

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USA: The Chicago Infrastructure Trust and the City of Chicago have issued the Request for Qualifications (RfQ) for the O'Hare Express System Project. 

This project aims to provide express transportation service between O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. This RfQ represents the commencement of the procurement process for selecting the private party that will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Project.

The current total daily number of air passengers traveling between O’Hare and the Chicago Central Business District is approximately 20,000 and is forecast to grow to at least 35,000 daily air passengers in 2045. The Project's aim is to create a better access to the airport and downtown Chicago and cut transit travel times by more than 50%.

One of the project goals is to provide service frequency of at least every 15 minutes for the majority of the day and up to 20 hours of service per day.

The Project will include two initial stations at the beginning and end points of the corridor, and one maintenance facility.

More information about the RfQ can be found here: http://chicagoinfrastructure.org/initiatives/ord-express/>