Rauner, IDOT Chief Call For Halt To Hiawatha Project For More Study

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Illinois Dept. of Transportation officials called for a halt to Amtrak Hiawatha Line expansion project plans.

[Below is a summary of the full Journal & Topics article here]

Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Illinois Dept. of Transportation officials called for a halt to Amtrak Hiawatha Line expansion project plans, which include building freight holding tracks in Glenview and Lake Forest, until concerns by the two towns are given more study.

“We have heard loud and clear the concerns expressed by Lake Forest and Glenview,” Rauner said in a written statement issued late Friday, Sept. 7. “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.”

“We will be asking our project team to perform that analysis and do the necessary outreach so the impacted communities are more involved in the decision-making process,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said.

“This is encouraging news. Your efforts have been heard loud and clear,” David Rahija, president of the Glenview chapter of ACTION (Alliance to Control Train Impacts on Our Neighborhoods) said in an email to group members reacting to the news. “Our work is not done.  We need to push the identified alternatives and ensure the holding track is resolved for our community and the Northern Illinois region.”

Read the full article here.

Gary Ricke