What is the Grand Crossing Rail Project?
Every day, six Amtrak trains on the Illini, Saluki, and City of New Orleans lines pass through Chicago’s South Side, coming from Champaign, Carbondale, Memphis, and New Orleans. The route they currently travel is congested and does not provide direct access into Union Station, causing delays for rail passengers.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is working with FHWA, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to find solutions to these issues. The Grand Crossing Rail Project will examine alternate, less congested routes that would enable Amtrak trains to travel directly into Union Station. This will reduce delays and congestion on Chicago’s South Side.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the status of the project, discuss the Range of Alternatives for the project, and obtain public input on the project alternatives. Two meetings will be held – one in the northern portion of the study area, and one in the southern portion. During these meetings, the public will have an opportunity to learn about the Grand Crossing Rail Project, speak with project representatives, and provide their input on the project.
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Time: 4:00-7:30 pm
Grand Crossing Park Field House
7655 South Ingleside Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 4:00-7:30 pm
Location: Sherwood Park Field House
5701 South Shields Avenue, Chicago, IL 60621
Both meetings will present the same content. An open house will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. where you can view an audio- visual presentation and project exhibits. The project team will also be available to discuss the project and answer questions. A formal session with questions and answers will then be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more info link here: http://www.grandcrossingrail.com/getinvolved.html