Public meetings are soon to begin to talk about a high speed rail project from Chicago to Detroit. The initial meetings, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, will focus on an Environmental Impact Statement that will be prepared.

The meetings are being held to:

-- Introduce the public to the program

-- Discuss the purpose and need for improvements

-- Present a range of possible route alternatives

-- Identify potential issues that should be considered in the EIS.

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The EIS is being prepared to evaluate passenger rail improvements along a 304-mile rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit. The EIS will evaluate the effects of upgrading rail infrastructure and facilities to safely accommodate potential passenger rail service improvements. Effects on the natural environment, jobs, the economy, air quality, traffic, and neighborhoods will be considered.

Public meetings will be held in Illinois Indiana and Michigan. Illinois’ meeting is scheduled September 7 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Chicago’s Union Station.

Work is already underway on high-speed rail from Chicago to St. Louis.


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