Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by Pensyfan19
 
Any thoughts on restoring the following:

• Milwaukee District North to Walworth, WI
• Milwaukee District North to Freeport, IL
• Union Pacific North to Milwaukee, WI
• Union Pacific Northwest to Williams Bay, WI
• Union Pacific West to Aurora, IL and Freeport, IL
• Chicago to Valparaiso, IN (via former GTW trackage)
• Rockford, IL to Kenosha, WI
• Belvidere, IL to Spring Valley, IL
  by eolesen
 
To what purpose?

If you're thinking commuter rail, most places beyond what's already serviced are outside the taxing district and unlikely to join it. There's no justification for corridor rail to those communities.

Milwaukee to Walworth, WI is live rail operated by WSOR.

MILW Elgin to Freeport is live rail.

UP from Kenosha to Milwaukee, WI is live rail. Amtrak already serves that population corridor from a few miles west of the UP lines (there are two... one has never seen passenger service).

UP McHenry to Williams Bay, WI is abandoned north of a freight customer in Ringwood. The ROW has been built over in multiple places north of the IL/WI state line and can't be easily restored. A lot of the people in that area who commute already drive to McHenry or Fox Lake so you're not adding seats as much as you are shifting existing traffic and adding a lot of cost...

UP from West Chicago to Freeport, IL is live rail as far as Rockford, and can't support more than 10mph west of the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. I don't think the ROW to Freeport was preserved as it was abandoned in the early 60's.

The old CNW KD line from Rockford, IL to Kenosha, WI was dropped well over 60 years ago, aside from a small fragment that survives as a short line from Chemung to Harvard. There's very little population in between aside from farming communities who have no desire to travel to either end of that line.

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