Northbook Raises Concerns on Hiawatha Expansion

Northbook has joined Glenview, Lake Forest, Bannockburn and Deerfield in opposing an environmental assessment that is the first step toward expansion of Chicago-Milwaukee Amtrak service.

Hiawatha 2The Northbook Village Board passed a resolution 5-0 protesting the study’s findings. The sticking point for the Illinois communities in suburban Chicago is the proposal to add a passing siding to the line so that Canadian Pacific freight trains could allow Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service trains or Metra commuter trains to pass.

Amtrak and the departments of transportation of Illinois and Wisconsin are eyeing an increase in service from seven to 10 roundtrips a day.

Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum isn’t adamantly opposed to the project, but expressed concern about idling trains and blocked fire truck routes.

Northbrook officials said they want more information about the proposed siding. Frum said she wanted to know how much traffic disruption erecting a new bridge would require.

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