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Rail link

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I read with interest that the rail link from Chicago to Rockford, and eventually to Dubuque, Iowa, is now really likely to happen.

I would suggest that consideration should be given to the European practice of operation – self-propelled diesel railcars for branch lines. They are economical to operate and can deliver passengers to connect with existing regular service. For example, McHenry to Crystal Lake. Service from Huntley to the existing scheduled service on the Elgin line could be expanded as demand increased.

Further extended, their use would allow access to Rockford where ground transportation could service Rockford International Airport. The airport has customs and immigration services in place and would obviate the need for another airport to be built on the South Side of Chicago.

Rockford sure could use a boost in job opportunities. Let’s consider more than one train per day.

Al Wilson

Lake in the Hills

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