IDOT Drops Support For Hiawatha Project, Glenview, Lake Forest Holding Tracks

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The Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) will not agree to the installation of freight train holding tracks in either Glenview or Lake Forest.

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

The Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) will not agree to the installation of freight train holding tracks in either Glenview or Lake Forest. “The agency will also not seek federal support for this project,” wrote Acting IDOT Secretary Omer Osman in a letter last week.

The proposed project would have installed a freight train holding track between West Lake Avenue and Willow Road in Glenview, along with several other holding tracks in the Northern suburbs including one in Lake Forest.

“We are very grateful they (IDOT) saw fit to recognize the impact to our communities,” Glenview Village President Jim Patterson said Saturday (May 11) during an interview with the Journal.

Patterson praised the work of local community members who came together to oppose and raise concerns about the proposed project, and for the help of federal and state legislators including State Senators Laura Fine (D-9th) and Julie Morrison (D-29th).

The project would have increased passenger rail traffic on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line between Chicago and Milwaukee from seven round trips or 14 trains a day, to 10 round trips or 20 trains daily. To make way for that new passenger capacity, holding tracks for freight trains were proposed by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, the lead agency when the project was first introduced several years ago.

Read the full article here.

Gary Ricke