Freight Holding Track Still On In Glenview, Daily North Shore
The following is a written response from the Village of Glenview administration in response to the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha rail line expansion, in which Metra reversed its proposal for a holding track in Lake Forest but maintained its plans to go forward with it in other communities including Glenview and Northbrook:
[Below is a compressed summary of The Daily North Shore article here]
Friday, May 25, 2018 – The Village of Glenview this week received a copy of a letter from Metra CEO/Chairman James Derwinski to the Wisconsin and Illinois departments of transportation in regards to the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Corridor Environmental
This proposed $195 million project would increase Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service from seven to 10 round trips daily between Chicago and Milwaukee on the tracks partially owned by and shared with Metra. To accommodate the additional Amtrak trains and
alleviate existing service delays, freight trains would be held on a new 2-mile-long holding track installed adjacent to Union Pacific’s tracks in west Glenview, and a new switch and universal crossover would be installed on Metra’s tracks south of Dewes
The letter informed WisDOT and IDOT that Metra is no longer requesting another holding track from Rondout to Lake Forest as it is not needed for Metra’s current operations, and instead requests that a shorter holding track be built south of Rondout.
The letter reiterates Metra’s desire for the 2-mile-long freight train holding track from Techny Road in Northbrook south to West Lake Avenue in Glenview.
The Village of Glenview remains opposed to the Amtrak-Hiawatha expansion project as proposed.