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Chicago-Milwaukee Amtrak Hiawatha Service Proposal


In the fall of 2016, The City of Lake Forest received a draft Environmental Assessment for the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Project.  The Project is being proposed by the Federal Railroad Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  The City continues to be engaged in conversations with local, state and national legislators on the topic since the document was made public, and continues to work with interested residents to address their concerns about the issue. 

Presentations from meetings held, actions taken and related documents are available below. 

Please note that the City of Lake Forest has no jurisdiction in this matter.  Interstate Commerce and Rail System issues are controlled by the Federal Railroad Administration or other federal agencies.  Should you have questions or comments regarding the draft proposal, please refer to the agencies and contacts listed below.  The City has been notified that a final Environmental Assessment and Service Development Plan are anticipated to occur in late 2017 and will be made available at that time.

Congressman Brad Schneider met with City Officials from Lake Forest and other communities to discuss the issue on April 18, 2017.

Related Documents

June 1, 2017:  Union Pacific Report on Train Derailment Incident

March 30, 2017:  Response letter to WisDOT, IDOT and FRA regarding Environmental Assessment 

March 16, 2017:  Letter from WisDOT, IDOT, FRA regarding completing the Environmental Assessment

February 21, 2017:  Metra Presentation City Council Meeting

February 21, 2017:  Hanson Professional Services, Inc. Presentation at City Council Meeting

December 19, 2016:  Public Forum Presentation at Gorton Community Center

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

November 8, 2016:  Letter of Recommendation provided by Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

Octo ber, 2016:  Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Project

Project Presentation Boards (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)


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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