The primary goal of the Illinois State Rail Plan is to create a vision describing the role of passenger rail and freight services in Illinois and illustrate what these services will look like in the future. For the purposes of the Plan, rail services include rail freight carrier services, Amtrak services, intercity high-speed rail services and urban rail commuter services.
The State’s overall rail transportation system was inventoried and evaluated during the development of the Plan, and individual profiles were provided on all major rail service providers. The Plan indentifies anticipated trends, needs and issues that will affect rail service and demand over the next two or three decades. It also provides a long range investment program framework for meeting the various needs of rail passenger and freight services within the State.
Proactive and early public involvement was a cornerstone of the planning process to ensure all project stakeholders had the opportunity to participate in the planning process, and to achieve sustainable results.
The study was segmented into the following milestones.
The Illinois State Rail Plan outlines IDOT’s long-range policies and goals for the State’s rail transportation system.
- Stakeholder Involvement Kick-off Activities
- Small Group Meetings
- Public Meetings
- Website and Newsletter Development
- Vision Statement
- Corridor and Regional Analysis
- Year-end report documentation and other requirements