The Illinois Department of Transportation has settled on a route for Amtrak’s new Chicago-to-Dubuque service and the City of Freeport is still on the list of stops for the new line. On the Otherhand, Several mudslides along Amtrak routes from Vancouver, B.C. to Portland have caused the cancellation of all trains between the two cities until Tuesday morning.
Construction on portions of the new route will begin in 2011 and passenger trains will likely be running through the Pretzel City by early 2014. IDOT issued a press release Friday revealing its final choice for an Amtrak route that will extend from Chicago west to Dubuque, Iowa. The notice primarily focused on a portion of the route stretching from Chicago to Rockford.
The press release, however, left some Freeport residents wondering whether the city had been shut out of plans for Amtrak service. The release indicated that trains would run daily “between Chicago’s Union Station and Dubuque, with stops in Elgin, Genoa, Rockford and Galena” without mentioning the City of Freeport. IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell eased those concerns Monday, confirming that Freeport will, indeed, be a stop on the Chicago-to-Dubuque route.
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