Governor Rauner and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Blankenhorn transmitted a press release responding to our concerns about the Amtrak Hiawatha project.
The press release included the following highlights:
· IDOT will not allow a federal decision on the project to proceed until community concerns have been adequately considered and addressed
· IDOT will weigh freight and passenger rail needs and impacts as part of an overall resolution that looks at regional congestion and conflicts between railroads and regular vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and
· IDOT will ask their project team to conduct more analysis and do more community outreach as part of an expanded Environmental Assessment.
We are hopeful that working collaboratively with IDOT, we can identify alternative solutions that improve rail service in our region without burdening our community with additional traffic, pollution, and noise.
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