Petition to STOP the Holding Track in Glenview

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WE, the residents who will be impacted by the proposed EA Hiawatha Services Project to include a Holding Track for Idling Freight Trains in west Glenview and an installation of a Track Switching Device in downtown Glenview, request that these two components be removed from this project in order to protect our environment which impacts our health, safety, and quality of life, avoid further traffic congestion, and maintain the value of our homes.

In 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a plan to increase daily trips on the Amtrak Hiawatha line from Chicago to Milwaukee. Their plan includes a proposal to build a new 2-mile long holding track in Glenview to help facilitate the flow of freight trains in and out of nearby freight yards.

The plans were announced in an official planning document called an Environmental Assessment (EA). But the EA only included information about the impacts of increasing Amtrak trains. None of the health, safety and environmental impacts of the proposed freight train holding track were addressed.

The Glenview ACTION (Alliance to Control Train Impact on Our Neighborhoods) Committee was formed to demand that the significant impacts of a freight train holding track are studied before the project is built.