Rockford Area Transportation Study

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More than three million dollars of federal, state and local funding is being spent on analyzing transportation alternative analysis for the Rockford area.

Leaders of the Rockford Area Transportation Study are explaining their progress in analyzing transportation needs of north central Illinois.

The group will soon start a multi-million dollar analysis of whether we need Metra to provide service or if we should start sending buses back and forth between downtown Chicago and Rockford.

"Anyone with gas prices where they are and fortunately in the future any alternative to automobile transportation in the region would be welcome and kind of a necessary addition to get people to still be able to move around in an economic fashion," said Hayes Morrision

It will probably be another two years before we learn the outcome of this transportation study. The alternatives analysis will start this summer after leaders hire a consultant.

RATS is hosting an open house at Loves Park City Hall on Thursday at 11 a.m. and the community building complex of Boone County at 3:30 p.m. That building is on West First Street in Belvidere.