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File #: 22-0499    Version: 1 Name: Canadian National Railroad Double Track: Resolution of Support
Type: resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/21/2022 In control: Public Works, Planning & Transportation Committee
On agenda: Final action: 4/12/2022
Title: Resolution supporting the efforts of the Canadian National Railroad to improve the Metra North Central Service Line with the installation of double track rail infrastructure, between Lake Avenue in the Village of Grayslake and Hook Drive in the Village of Round Lake Beach, thereby improving both freight train operations and Metra passenger service operations and reducing vehicle and emergency service delays at roadway/railway crossings along the corridor.
Attachments: 1. 22-0499 CNRR DT Metra Letter of Support, 2. 22-0499 Location Map, CNRR Double Track
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Resolution supporting the efforts of the Canadian National Railroad to improve the Metra North Central Service Line with the installation of double track rail infrastructure, between Lake Avenue in the Village of Grayslake and Hook Drive in the Village of Round Lake Beach, thereby improving both freight train operations and Metra passenger service operations and reducing vehicle and emergency service delays at roadway/railway crossings along the corridor.

Staff Summary
* The Canadian National Railroad is planning to install approximately 2.2 miles of double track along the Metra North Central Service Line within the next ten years at their sole expense (no cost to the County).
* Constructing the double track will remove an existing bottleneck along the line and thereby improve operations for both the Canadian National Railroad and Metra Commuter Service, and reduce road crossing blockages that delay vehicles and negatively impact emergency services.
* The road/rail grade separations constructed by the County at Washington Street and Rollins Road were designed to accommodate this double track expansion.
* This improvement is recommended as part of Lake County's 2040 Transportation Plan.

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R E S O L U T I O N

WHEREAS, businesses and over 700,000 residents in Lake County rely on a transportation system that incorporates elements owned by the state, the county, 52 municipalities, road districts, the Illinois Tollway, freight railroads, Metra and Pace; and

WHEREAS, the transportation network supports the efficient movement of people, goods, and services and is the backbone of the economy; and

WHEREAS, Lake County is in support of a multi-modal transportation system that includes motorized and non-motorized elements; and

WHEREAS, Lake County supports and promotes the needs of the suburban public transit agencies, Metra, and Pace, in their efforts to maintain, modernize and expand their systems; and

WHEREAS, Lake County believes having a well maintain...

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