Hiawatha Expansion On Hold Until Local Concerns Addressed: IDOT

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said he heard the concerns of Lake Forest and Glenview residents "loud and clear."

[Below is a summary of the full Lake Forest Patch article here]

LAKE FOREST, IL — The proposed expansion of Amtrak's Hiawatha service has been put on hold indefinitely after opposition from north suburban communities located along the tracks. In letters delivered this week to the mayor of Lake Forest and the village president of Glenview, the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the project would be going nowhere until local concerns have been addressed.

"We have heard loud and clear the concerns expressed by Lake Forest and Glenview," Gov. Bruce Rauner said. "We listened to you. Clearly, a timeout on this project is needed so you can get the answers you deserve. This project will not proceed until that happens."

Amtrak had proposed running three additional daily round trips on a route with ridership currently under 40 percent of capacity, according to village officials, who raised concerns about a number of elements of the proposal. North Shore residents along the line in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glenview, Lake Forest, Northbrook and other communities organized against additional tracks included in a Chicago-Milwaukee interCity passenger rail corridor proposal, forming groups called Citizens for ACTION – for "Alliance to Control Train Impacts in Our Neighborhoods."

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Gary Ricke