The O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) will reconfigure O'Hare International Airport's intersecting runways into a more modern, parallel layout. The $6.6 billion Program will substantially reduce delays in all weather conditions and increase capacity at the airfield, allowing O'Hare to meet the region's aviation needs well into the future.
The OMP will also bring a new western terminal facility with more airline gates and parking. The western terminal will be connected to O'Hare's main terminal core by an automated people mover system.
O'Hare already generates 450,000 jobs and $38 billion in economic activity for the Chicago region and State of Illinois. A modernized O'Hare means the creation of 195,000 more jobs, and another $18 billion in annual economic activity. The OMP is expected to save the airlines approximately $370 million and passengers $380 million a year.
The O'Hare Modernization Program will need to acquire a total of 433 acres in Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, and the Village of Bensenville. The O'Hare Land Acquisition Program operates under the guidelines of the federal Uniform Relocation and Real Properties Act.
The OMP protects taxpayers. No local or state taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the Program. Funding comes from a variety of sources: Passenger Facility Charges, General Airport Revenue Bonds, and federal Airport Improvement Program funds.
O'Hare Modernization Act
On August 6, 2003 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the O'Hare Modernization Act (OMA) into law. The law recognizes the importance of a modernized O'Hare to Illinois businesses, jobs, and transportation.
The O'Hare Modernization Act received overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Illinois General Assembly. It ensures modernization efforts move forward as efficiently as possible, consistent with Federal safety and environmental reviews. The Act recognizes that thorough Federal reviews will assure safety, efficiency, and consistency with the national air transportation system.