Thursday, March 28, 2013
Residents are asked to take a short online survey to help IDOT in the development stages of the plan.
Thursday, March 28
The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for input on their new bike transportation plan. The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan will follow the Long Range Plan’s theme of Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow and will provide the Department with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multimodal vision for Illinois. Take IDOT's online survey about the bike plan In order to gain input from as many stakeholders as possible, the Plan will set up an advisory group with other state agencies (IDNR and others) and bicycling stakeholders such as (but not limited to) the League of Illinois Bicyclists, the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council, and state Metropolitan Planning Organizations (…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Construction Could Start Next Summer
The Lake Forest City Council approved conceptual plans for a pedestrian underpass at the West Lake Forest Train Station at its July 16 meeting. HDR Engineering Inc. will move forward to develop detailed plans, which must be approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Metra. After that, the engineers will return to the City Council for final approval. The construction is expected to cost between $2.5 and $3.25 million and will be partially funded by $2 million from state and federal grants, which Lake Forest received after two Lake Forest High School students were killed by Metra trains earlier this year. “The main priority was pedestrian safety, so this is where the funding came from,” City Manager Bob Kiely said. The …
Friday, July 27, 2012
The West Lake Forest Station would be the line’s only Lake County stop.
Approval of four of the five agencies necessary to make the West Lake Forest Metra Station an Amtrak stop for long distance rail travel has been verbally received. The Illinois and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation, Metra, the City of Lake Forest and Amtrak have granted verbal approval for an Amtrak stop to be added at the West Lake Forest depot, but the project still hinges on the support of Canadian Pacific Railway. “We are very optimistic at this point,” Lake Forest City Manager Robert Kiely said. Canadian Pacific is concerned that adding an Amtrak stop would stress the tracks’ capacity and is looking into how it might affect its freight traffic. While Kiely said he did not have a timeline for when the railroad will make a …