You can have a voice in the future of Illinois' rail systems. There are nearly 10,000 miles of tracks that serve both passenger and freight needs. The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing next Thursday, August 16 from 4-7pm at the Alton Holiday Inn to discuss the future of the state's rail system.
This is one in a series of meetings around the state that will help agency officials determine concerns and areas of potential improvement. A meeting on the final location of a new train station in Alton will be held at some point in the future. Agency spokesman Guy Tridgell says this meeting will cover different ground.
At the coming meeting, alternatives will be discussed for accomodating the higher speed trains, including a full build-out, which includes adding a second track. The current Chicago to St. Louis corridor operates on a single track that is shared by both traditional freight and Amtrak passenger rail service.