Opponents of an environmental assessment of a proposal to expand Amtrak’s Chicago-Milwaukee service told the Lake Forest City Council on Dec. 5 that the report might have understated the potential traffic disruptions.
As has been the case in other communities, some Lake Forest residents are wary of the effects of building a siding that would allow Canadian Pacific freight trains to wait for higher priority Amtrak and Metra trains.
David Tanaka, president of the Pine Oaks Condominium Association, said the environmental assessment made several “baseless assumptions” about environmental harm.
These included, he said, conclusions that increased Amtrak service would have “no noise impacts to adjacent properties” and “no vibration impacts to adjacent properties.”
The report also said construction of the siding would create “no adverse noise or vibration.”
City Manager Bob Kiely said Lake Forest is working with Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield and Bannockburn, where similar opposition has also arisen.
A public forum to discuss the proposed Amtrak expansion project will be held on Dec. 19 at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, from 7 to 8: 30 p.m.