CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is setting up a panel of experts to find solutions to Chicago’s rail gridlock.
Despite some successes, Amtrak officials say the city’s freight and passenger rail lines remain tangled and congested.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
In an announcement Tuesday, Amtrak cited delays of four hours or more for passenger trains running between Chicago and Cleveland, calling them a near daily occurrence.READ MORE: Chicago Night Clubs Gear Up For Looser COVID-19 Restrictions As State Prepares To Enter Bridge Phase
Chicago is the most important hub for Amtrak, which has to share space on tracks owned by freight railroads. Chicago is also the main gateway for freight traffic between the East and West coasts.
The Amtrak panel is expected to issue recommendations by the end of May. Its members are former U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn, former head of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board Linda Morgan and Amtrak board member Tom Carper.MORE NEWS: Saint Joseph Catholic School Principal On Administrative Duty After Former Teacher Charged With Child Sex Crimes
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