Planning for New Chicago-Rockford Route Begins

May 10, 2014

Engineers are studying tracks across the country to determine what’s the best fit for our area when it comes to round trip service from Chicago to Rockford.

“We’re excited to see how soon we can start.”

Train tracks in Belvidere will soon get a much needed upgrade starting this summer in order to bring Amtrak service to the area by the end of 2015.

“The train was just like a big birthday present that we got that nobody was sure.”

That’s why state representatives are asking city mayors for help. Representatives met them to discuss plans for round trip Amtrak service from Chicago to Rockford with stops in Huntley, Elgin and Belvidere…

Communities and Union Pacific are involved in the plan to start the new service to Rockford, about 85 miles west-northwest of Chicago.

Rest of the story from WIFR, 9 May 2014

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