Amtrak Receives Grant to Upgrade Chicago Station

Train travel to and from Chicago will become more energy efficient soon due to Amtrak’s energy efficieny upgrades.

The Chicago-based Amtrak station is getting an eco-friendly upgrade. State officials have awarded Amtrak with a $300,000 energy efficiency grant to assist the agency in updating its train yard in Chicago.

State officials say the grant will reduce Amtrak’s natural gas consumption and help the rail company save millions of dollars annually.

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says the grant is funded through the Illinois Energy Now program, which provides millions of dollars in rebates to public facilities that make large-scale equipment improvements to their electric and natural gas systems.

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