RFQ for O’Hare Airport express project announced

The City of Chicago, in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express operating system through a public-private agreement with the City.
The project aims to deliver express service that would take 20 minutes or less to travel from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport (ORD), cutting more than 50 percent off current travel times.
The City and CIT intend to select one or more respondents that they consider most qualified to successfully respond to a subsequent RFP to be issued by the City and the CIT. RFQ responses are due on January 24, 2018.
The RFQ specifies that the O’Hare Express Service should include a downtown station, an ORD station and one maintenance facility. The City and CIT will consider potential corridors that are above or below surface level.
The cost estimates for the project are not yet known, but the system will be funded solely by project-specific revenues (like fares or advertising) and financed entirely by the concessionaire.

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