Exterior CRRC Facility, photo looking up at signage on top of building, photo taken on a sunny day with clouds.
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Chicago, Illinois

Reviving passenger rail car manufacturing in Chicago with new modern assembly plant.


The Goal  The assembly plant was an historic undertaking to bring rail car manufacturing back to Chicago after a 60-year absence. An agreement between the city and the manufacturer included doing the manufacturing and assembly in a Chicago community that had built train cars in the past.

FCL Delivered  The plant is on 45 acres, with a 380,944-square-foot manufacturing facility that will produce up to 846 modern passenger rail cars for the Chicago Transit Authority.

region FCL | Midwest
service Design-Build
type Manufacturing & Specialty
use Rail Car Assembly Plant
size 380,000 sq. ft.

John Lenz

Regional Vice President, Midwest


Interior CRRC Warehouse, rail tracks, specialized machinery, vast empty warehouse, concrete floor, white walls, high ceilings.
Interior Warehouse/Manufacturing Facility, yellow safety zones, vast warehouse, high ceilings, load bearing beams.
Exterior Building, gray and white building with red trim, parking lot in front of building, photo taken on a snowy day.

33 ft. clear height

30 individual interior rail spurs with recessed assembly pits

2 to 5-ton and 1 to 10-ton overhead cranes

2 exterior gantry cranes

Three loading docks and access for 6-drive in doors

3 storage tracks and 2 standard test tracks for rail car testing and storage

Photo of CTA train.
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FCL Technical Illustration of CRRC Facility interior, Innovation is Built-in Graphic.

Supports over 300 rail cars 

3,000 ft. dynamic test track with optional bypass capability

FLS FlexRail features a durable rigid rail fall protection system

“In the midst of a global health crisis, with significant pandemic-related challenges, the team maintained a safe environment and ensured delivery of the first 10 prototype passenger rail cars on schedule.”

Marina Popovic Human Resources Director and Chief Legal Counsel, CRRC

Certifications & Awards
  • LEED certified
  • 2019 Project of the Year Award from the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association
  • 2017 NAIOP Chicago Awards for Excellence Finalist

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