Illinois to discuss new ways to expand Amtrak Hiawatha service after IDOT letter reinforces suburban concerns

By Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune; May 20, 2019

Leaders in Lake Forest and Glenview are praising a recent announcement from the head of Illinois’ transportation department casting doubt over a controversial project to build holding tracks in their communities and allow Amtrak to expand service along its Hiawatha line that runs between Chicago and Milwaukee.

But despite the statement from Illinois Department of Transportation Acting Secretary Omer Osman earlier this month saying the agency would not pursue federal dollars related to the project, representatives from IDOT and Amtrak recently said discussions will continue between all agencies involved in the expansion talks on different ideas to improve Hiawatha service.

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