Mayor Emanuel Opens New Multi Modal Facility

O’hare International Airport opens new Multi Modal Facility; a terminal for rental car operations, public parking, hotel shuttles, regional buses, and Metra.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) to cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art ground transportation center serving O’Hare International Airport.

‘Chicago isn’t wasting any time in preparing O’Hare for the future. By building modern new infrastructure to better serve passengers—we are keeping O’Hare competitive in the 21st century while creating jobs for our community,’ said Mayor Emanuel. ‘As O’Hare expands over the next decade, we’ll continue to grow opportunities for the community as we make sure the airport is positioned for future economic growth and success.’

The new 2.5 million square-foot facility provides a central access point for all rental cars, public parking, busing, Metra, and other regional transit serving O’Hare. It significantly enhances passengers’ accessibility while reducing traffic in and around the terminals, making O’Hare a more convenient destination for travel.

‘In addition to creating new jobs and supporting local businesses across Chicagoland, O’Hare’s new multimodal facility will further integrate transportation options to reduce congestion and improve efficiency at one of the nation’s busiest airports. This effort will help improve the traveling experience for working parents and millions of commuters traveling to and from our great state every year,’ said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.

‘We are proud to bring O’Hare travelers this new centralized facility to make their experience arriving and departing more convenient and more efficient,’ said Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. ‘As we look ahead to O’Hare’s future, our capital projects will further elevate the passenger experience, while continuing to spur jobs and economic growth for our residents right here at home.’

The completed Multi Modal Facility, coupled with the extension and modernization of the train, is valued at $841 million. This project was partially financed with a $272 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan secured by Mayor Emanuel and Illinois leaders in 2013. As with all airport capital projects, no local tax dollars were utilized for this project.

The facility was designed by Ross Barney Architects along with Transystems; and executed by Austin Powers Partners, a joint venture comprised of Austin Commercial, Power Construction, and Ujamaa Construction.

The new Multi Modal Facility supports the core goals of O’Hare 21: Mayor Emanuel’s vision for a modern O’Hare. O’Hare 21 calls for a dramatically improved travel experience, better access and amenities for customers, capacity to accommodate today’s fast-growing aviation industry, and builds the foundation to fuel Chicago’s leading connectivity. The centerpiece of this program is the $8.5 billion terminal expansion plan for O’Hare, the largest in the airport’s history. Over the next decade, O’Hare 21 is anticipated to create tens of thousands of construction jobs, and to continue growing economic opportunity to support the City and its future.