Symposium: The Future of Rail Freight Traffic

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7-8:30 pm
Trinity International University, Melton Hall, Waybright Center, 2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn

The City of Lake Forest and the Villages of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glenview, and Northbrook will tackle a number of railway issues in an upcoming symposium on October 11 in Bannockburn. The event, "The Future of Rail Freight Traffic," will include topics of cargo transport, freight train safety, and future outlooks. The League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is pleased to provide volunteer support.

The issue of freight transport by local rail lines has generated increased attention in recent years. Freight yard operations, dedicated bypass rail lines, and potential freight train impacts related to the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Environmental Assessment have raised concerns and questions by many residents living near rail infrastructure.

Panelists include Mark Walbrun (vice president, practice leader rail and transit operations, Hatch MacDonald); Laura Wilkison (executive vice president, Metro Strategies); and Audrey Wennink (director of transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council). Joseph P. Schwieterman from the School of Public Service and director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University will moderate the symposium.

"With our rail-freight system being constantly improved and modernized, it is important for citizens to more fully understand the dynamics of this mode of transportation," said Schwieterman. "Whether you are a commuter train rider, employed by a business that ships by rail, or just a resident living in a community that has a railroad, it is important to keep track of what is happening in this ever-changing sector."

The symposium will be held Wednesday, October 11, at Trinity International University (Melton Hall, Waybright Center, 2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn), 7-8:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.