Officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation will be in Alton tomorrow, holding a public hearing on the Illinois State Rail Plan.  Similar to meetings held previously to explain high-speed rail, this hearing will seek comment from the public on the environmental impact of the project, outlining various alternatives that are being considered.

IDOT Spokesman Guy Tridgell says the meeting will be done in an open house format.  

Tridgell comments

Laying another set of tracks is still a possibility, as Amtrak currently runs from St. Louis to Chicago on tracks owned by freight railroads.  The recent transportation bill did not include funding for the next phase, but Tridgell hopes that will be resolved in the fall.  The meeting tomorrow at the Alton Holiday Inn runs from 4-7pm.

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