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Chicago-Milwaukee Amtrak Hiawatha Service Proposal


Mayor Donald P. Schoenheider invites residents to attend a Public Forum hosted by The City of Lake Forest to discuss the Chicago-Milwaukee Amtrak Hiawatha Service Proposal and Environmental Assessment.  It will take place on Monday, December 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. 

At its November 7, 2016 meeting, the Lake Forest City Council passed a Resolution requesting a 60-day extension to the public review period, and the Resolution was officially filed with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation prior to the November 15, 2016 deadline. Per notification on November 17, the public comment period was extended until January 15, 2017.   

The draft document requires further environmental documentation for FRA and is currently subject to public comment. A Final Environmental Assessment will be forthcoming following the public comment period. Wisconsin DOT and Illinois DOT, in partnership with Amtrak, are proposing to increase passenger rail service between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the existing Hiawatha Service and construction infrastructure improvements to support the increase in frequencies. The Federal Railroad Administration is the lead federal agency for the project.

Similar Resolutions were passed by the Villages of Glenview, Deerfield, Northbrook and Bannockburn, IL.

Related Documents

City of Lake Forest Resolution (passed “in substantial form” on November 7, 2016)

Letter of Recommendation provided by Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Project


Illinois Department of Transportation
Elliot A. Ramos, PE
Passenger Rail Engineer

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Arun Rao
Passenger Rail Implementation Manager

Federal Railroad Administration
Andrea Martin
Environmental Protection Specialist

U.S. Congressman-Elect Brad Schneider
P.O. Box 1318
Deerfield, IL  60015

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
230 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 3892
Chicago, IL  60604

U.S. Senator-Elect Tammy Duckworth
P.O. Box 10793
Chicago, IL  60610






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