IDOT Accepting Public Comment on New Rail Plan
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public about the 2017 Rail Plan.
The Plan, a federally required update every five years, is an overview of the state's existing passenger and freight facilities and operations along with strategies for long-term goals.
One highlight in the plan is the improvements made to the Chicago - St. Louis passenger rail corridor.
Illinois has the second-largest rail system in the U.S. and is the only state where all seven Class I railroads operate.
Nearly half of the more than one billion tons of freight, valued at 2.97 trillion dollars, that moves in Illinois each year, is transported by rail.
To review the plan, and make a comment, click here. Comments should be submitted by February 23rd."