Rockford, IDOT leaders meet to discuss passenger rail to Chicago

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford leaders discussed plans Thursday for the Chicago-Rockford Rail Initiative, which would connect Rockford to Chicago by train.

The Region One Planning Council hosted officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation today.

The current plan would see Amtrak run passengers from Rockford to Elgin, and then Metra would ferry them on to Chicago.

First steps are slated to begin this Spring.

The group says the initiative is about giving residents transportation options.

“It’s great connections, to be able to get into the city, or if there’s opportunities out here to do that reverse trip that comes back,” said IDOT’s Deputy Director of Railroads, John Oimoen. “So, again, a lot of it is about choices. A lot of it is about connections and just being able to give the public different options.”

IDOT says the process will take several years to complete.

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